Definition of forum noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    forum

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈfɔːrəm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrəm//
     
     
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  1. 1forum (for something) a place where people can exchange opinions and ideas on a particular issue; a meeting organized for this purpose Television is now an important forum for political debate. an Internet forum to hold an international forum on drug abuse CollocationsEmail and the InternetEmail receive/​get/​open an email write/​send/​answer/​forward/​delete an email check/​read/​access your email block/​filter (out) junk/​spam/​unsolicited email exchange email addresses open/​check your inbox junk mail fills/​floods/​clogs your inbox have/​set up an email account open/​send/​contain an attachment sign up for/​receive email alertsConnecting to the Internet use/​access/​log onto the Internet/​the Web go online/​on the Internet have a high-speed/​dial-up/​broadband/​wireless (Internet) connection access/​connect to/​locate the server use/​open/​close/​launch a/​your web browser browse/​surf/​search/​scour the Internet/​the Web send/​contain/​spread/​detect a(n) (computer/​email) virus update your anti-virus software install/​use/​configure a firewall accept/​enable/​block/​delete cookiesUsing the Internet visit/​check a website/​an Internet site/​somebody’s blog create/​design/​launch a website/​social networking site start/​write/​post/​read a blog update your blog/​a website be in/​meet somebody in/​go into/​enter an Internet chat room download/​upload music/​software/​a song/​a podcast/​a file/​a copy of something share information/​data/​files post a comment/​message on a(n) website/​online message board/​web forum/​Internet chat room stream video/​audio/​music/​content over the Internet join/​participate in/​visit/​provide a(n) (web-based/​web/​online/​Internet/​discussion) forum generate/​increase/​monitor Internet traffic
  2. 2(in ancient Rome) a public place where meetings were held
  3. Word Origin late Middle English (in sense (2)): 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 cent.Extra examples Check out our online discussion forum. The conference provides a useful forum for the exchange of views and ideas. The film show was followed by an open forum on editing techniques. We will be hosting a two-day forum on childcare. The city is to host an international forum on global climate change.
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