noun, often attributive
plat·​form | \ ˈplat-ˌfȯrm How to pronounce platform (audio) \

Definition of platform

1 : plan, design
2 : a declaration of the principles on which a group of persons stands especially : a declaration of principles and policies adopted by a political party or a candidate
3a(1) : a usually raised horizontal flat surface especially : a raised flooring
(2) : a device or structure incorporating or providing a platform especially : such a structure on legs used for offshore drilling (as for oil)
b : a place or opportunity for public discussion
4a : a usually thick layer (as of cork) between the inner sole and outer sole of a shoe
b : a shoe having such a sole
5a : a vehicle (such as a satellite or aircraft) used for a particular purpose or to carry a usually specified kind of equipment
b : operating system also : the computer architecture and equipment using a particular operating system

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Synonyms for platform


dais, podium, rostrum, stage, stand, tribune

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Examples of platform in a Sentence

He stepped up onto the platform and looked out into the audience. She stepped off the train onto the platform. Our train is boarding on platform 6. The party adopted a new platform. The company plans to use the show as a platform to launch the new soft drink.
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All those skyscrapers littering the backdrop of the Roy corporate boardroom suddenly seem like so many shiny platforms for Kendall to eventually hurl himself from. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Succession Is Better Than Ever," 11 Aug. 2019 The summit was held to highlight the White House’s contention that platforms such as Google, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook are biased against pro-Trump voices and are systematically banning them or censoring some of their postings. Paul Farhi, Washington Post, "After Trump’s ‘social-media summit,’ it’s business as usual for his online provocateurs," 10 Aug. 2019 Announced in March, the initiative aims to develop an open source voting platform built on secure hardware. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "Hackers Take on Darpa's $10 Million Voting Machine," 9 Aug. 2019 Netflix recently announced that The Office will be leaving the popular streaming platform in January 2021. Christina Butan,, "Everybody stay calm! The Office Funko Pops are finally here — and we’re buying all of them," 9 Aug. 2019 Netflix recently announced that The Office will be leaving the popular streaming platform in January 2021. Christina Butan,, "Everybody Stay Calm! The Office Funko Pops Are Finally Here — and We’re Buying All of Them," 9 Aug. 2019 The company’s machine learning platform gathers data that informs its predictions of what users will like. Brittany Meiling, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Carlsbad AI startup Ezoic gets $33M, plans to hire 40 more people," 9 Aug. 2019 The internet and a myriad of innovative distance learning platforms make this possible. Wim Delva, Quartz Africa, "Data science institutions focused on Africa are being built across the continent," 8 Aug. 2019 Gemini, another popular crypto trading platform, only allows customers to fund their accounts through bank transfers, wire transfers, or deposits of cryptocurrencies. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "Credit card companies forbid bitcoin purchases—with good reason," 8 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of platform

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for platform

Middle French plate-forme diagram, map, literally, flat form

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English Language Learners Definition of platform

: a flat surface that is raised higher than the floor or ground and that people stand on when performing or speaking
: a flat area next to railroad tracks where people wait for a train or subway
: a usually raised structure that has a flat surface where people or machines do work


plat·​form | \ ˈplat-ˌfȯrm How to pronounce platform (audio) \

Kids Definition of platform

1 : a level usually raised surface We hurried to the train platform. Visitors can observe wildlife from a platform.
2 : a raised floor or stage for performers or speakers
3 : a statement of the beliefs and rules of conduct for which a group stands The candidates discussed their party's platform.
4 : an arrangement of computer components that uses a particular operating system

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