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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Allen needs Wommack’s best to reverse last season’s defensive regression enough to give IU the platform for another bowl berth, and Allen is willing to give his defensive coordinator room to work. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Why Kane Wommack is the man Tom Allen handpicked to run IU's defense," 6 Sep. 2019 And last night, arriving at the Daily Front Row Fashion Media Awards in New York, the model and actor used their newfound platform to spotlight an urgent political issue—and chose to tell this story through the medium of fashion. Vogue, "The Powerful Message Behind Indya Moore’s Latest Red Carpet Look," 6 Sep. 2019 More recent debuts still airing on the platform could end up faring better: '80s sci-fi hit Stranger Things is as close to a golden goose as Netflix has right now, as its darker third season was well-received by critics and devoured by audiences. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "‘Grace and Frankie’ Is Ending. How Did It Become Netflix’s Longest-Running Show?," 5 Sep. 2019 For one, Swinney gave Hopkins a platform, allowing him to get baptized after practice. Tim Rohan,, "Faith, Football and the Fervent Religious Culture at Dabo Swinney's Clemson," 4 Sep. 2019 Football, McKenzie and Olson reasoned, would give Carr a bigger platform from which to preach and reach people. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Derek Carr nearly quit football for preacher’s life before rookie season with Raiders," 3 Sep. 2019 Trump criticized Fox News for giving Hinojosa a platform despite the Democratic National Committee not allowing the cable network to host a debate. Savannah Behrmann, USA TODAY, "Fox News anchor rips into Trump: 'We don’t work for you'," 30 Aug. 2019 Songs of the Season will debut during NFL games each month and simultaneously release on streaming platforms, according to a news release. Jonathan Landrum Jr.,, "Meek Mill, Meghan Trainor to perform in free NFL pregame concert," 30 Aug. 2019 Before now, her commercial power has not translated to dominance of streaming, a situation not helped by her albums being either unavailable for long periods of time or not available immediately on streaming platforms. M.h., The Economist, "What Taylor Swift’s pivot to streaming reveals about the music industry," 28 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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