platform - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  1. 1
    a structure for people to stand on that has been built so that it is higher than the ground

    There is a viewing platform where visitors can see the waterfall.

    1. a.
      a raised structure that speakers, performers etc stand on so that they can be seen by an audience

      The two candidates shared a platform for the question and answer session.

    2. b.
      a structure built above the sea, used by people who are working to get oil or gas
  2. 2
    an area next to a railway track where passengers get onto and off trains

    The train to Brussels will depart from platform 3.

  3. 4
    something that allows something else to happen
    platform for:

    The funding would provide a platform for growth and development.

  4. 5
    the policies and aims of a political party, especially the ones that they state in order to get people to vote for them

    He has openly criticized Labour’s election platform.

  5. 6



    platform shoes

    [plural] shoes that have a very thick bottom part and make you look much taller
  6. 7
    computing the type of computer system that you have and the programs that you can use with it

    Can the project be run on a personal computer platform?

  7. 8
    British the area at the front or back of a bus where people stand to get off the bus