Definition of forum in English:

forum

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Pronunciation: /ˈfɔːrəm
 
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noun (plural forums)

1A meeting or medium where ideas and views on a particular issue can be exchanged: we hope these pages act as a forum for debate
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  • With an inclusive membership it has provided a forum for the exchange of views on a broad range of issues.
  • Theatre does matter: it is a forum for ideas and discussion within a community.
  • The senate, we are told, is a forum for reflective debate on key issues.
Synonyms
meeting, assembly, gathering, conference, seminar, convention, colloquy, convocation, congress, rally, council, symposium, conclave, congregation, synod, diet; in North American & New Zealandcaucus
informal get-together
setting, place, scene, context, stage, framework, backdrop; medium, means, agency, channel, avenue, vehicle, mechanism, apparatus, auspices
1.1An Internet site where users can post comments about a particular issue or topic and reply to other users' postings; a message board.
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  • Explicit indication of posters originating IP addresses is a rare feature on Internet forums.
  • In the meantime, let us know your thoughts in the forums.
  • The Parallels Desktop beta is available for download through the Parallels Desktop for Mac online forum.
2chiefly North American A court or tribunal.
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  • Nobody would therefore have an absolute right to choose which Court would be the forum for the determination of any disputes.
  • As the order was a Final Order the appropriate forum is the Court of Appeal.
  • He does not like the Courts as the final forum for the resolution of disputes.
3 (plural fora /ˈfɔːrə/) (In an ancient Roman city) a public square or marketplace used for judicial and other business.
Synonyms
public meeting place, public square, marketplace; in Greeceagora

Origin

late Middle English (in sense 3): from Latin, literally 'what is out of doors', originally denoting an enclosure surrounding a house; related to fores '(outside) door'. sense 1 dates from the mid 18th century.

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