Definition of forum in US English:

forum

noun

  • 1A place, meeting, or medium where ideas and views on a particular issue can be exchanged.

    ‘it will be a forum for consumers to exchange their views on medical research’
    • ‘An online discussion forum was set up, allowing both experts and members of the public to have their say.’
    • ‘A community forum was held last week to discuss the effects and consequences of joining the new alternative football league.’
    • ‘There are also opportunities in the multilateral regional forums sponsored by the US and other nations.’
    • ‘There are many very talented photographers to be found at the various internet photo forums.’
    • ‘A record number of people attended neighbourhood forums during the autumn cycle across the Keighley area.’
    • ‘Theatre does matter: it is a forum for ideas and discussion within a community.’
    • ‘The WTO establishes a permanent multilateral forum for trade negotiations and dispute settlement.’
    • ‘The annual day was also used as a forum for parents to voice their views on the programme.’
    • ‘Conferences and journals can contribute by providing forums for debate and information dissemination.’
    • ‘With an inclusive membership it has provided a forum for the exchange of views on a broad range of issues.’
    • ‘Eight electors took the opportunity to attend the open public forum before the council meeting in July.’
    • ‘Luckily, some of those that do stand up to be counted in Bradford enhance your excellent readers' forum.’
    • ‘Participation in two moderated online discussion forums enabled the generation of research questions and their modification as they arose.’
    • ‘Join this online discussion forum, which also has resources for Canadian youth.’
    • ‘The Commission has been holding open public forums throughout the country.’
    • ‘I noticed that others in various Web forums also have this same problem.’
    • ‘There will also be a fans' forum for questions and answers.’
    • ‘Thirty-three electors took the opportunity to attend the open public forum immediately before the council meeting.’
    • ‘The senate, we are told, is a forum for reflective debate on key issues.’
    • ‘The BMJ would provide an excellent forum for this debate to take place.’
    meeting, assembly, gathering, conference, seminar, convention, colloquy, convocation, congress, rally, council, symposium, conclave, congregation, synod, diet
    setting, place, scene, context, stage, framework, backdrop
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    1. 1.1 A website or web page where users can post comments about a particular issue or topic and reply to other users' postings.
      • ‘However, we hope that you will find the operation of the new forums to be much better than the previous ones. "’
      • ‘The Parallels Desktop beta is available for download through the Parallels Desktop for Mac online forum.’
      • ‘A man wrote a note to an Internet Mac support forum asking for help.’
      • ‘It currently has multiple technical efforts under way, supporting a network of "forums" ranging from supported solutions to information security.’
      • ‘It doesn't yet seem, then, to have become a forum for theological discussion.’
      • ‘Under one proposal, spammers could face an enhancement for harvesting e-mail addresses from Web forums, or generating them randomly.’
      • ‘Finally, the most frequently discussed conversation topics on the forums were included for further discussion in this work.’
      • ‘A local resident with the surname Zhang criticized the policy on an Internet forum.’
      • ‘Our website will have open forums for the mod community.’
      • ‘In the meantime, let us know your thoughts in the forums.’
      • ‘Along with the online help system, you can also take a tour of the software or link to the online forums for support.’
      • ‘Such forums have, however, stayed focused on specific domains without a usercentered Web service model.’
      • ‘Never post your private email address in forums, guest books, news groups or on a website.’
      • ‘This great script will enable you to set up your own forum.’
      • ‘This little program will ensure the words you broadcast on your favourite forums aren't riddled with spelling mistakes.’
      • ‘Post messages on the forums or some chat rooms relating to your topic with hyperlink built in (check which forums allow that).’
      • ‘Explicit indication of posters originating IP addresses is a rare feature on Internet forums.’
      • ‘The purpose of this study was to research the influence of contextuality on CMC on Internet forums.’
      • ‘Online book clubs, tend to use forum or blog software, difficult for addressing different sections of the book.’
      • ‘For past two days there has been interesting discussions in web forums, about 52 new Symbian trojans being discovered.’
  • 2North American A court or tribunal.

    • ‘A US court will not grant an anti-suit injunction if the foreign forum is the only one available.’
    • ‘The English courts are obviously an appropriate forum to determine English Law issues.’
    • ‘Also in this respect a mixed or internationalized tribunal would seem to be the proper forum.’
    • ‘He does not like the Courts as the final forum for the resolution of disputes.’
    • ‘Protracted proceedings in a forum that is both remote from and unfamiliar to the claimant can be spared.’
    • ‘However, the Court of Appeal said the High Court judge had first assessed the appropriate forum.’
    • ‘Thereafter there has been no issue that these courts are the proper and only forum for the resolution of all the contractual claims.’
    • ‘However, other factors point to the Federal Court as being the appropriate forum to remit the matter.’
    • ‘The county court, meeting twice annually, was a principal forum for justice both civil and criminal.’
    • ‘At the same time it is an alternative forum to the local courts and district courts.’
    • ‘As the order was a Final Order the appropriate forum is the Court of Appeal.’
    • ‘Now there are two completely separate legal forums dealing with the recent events.’
    • ‘An appellate forum to redress appeals against the authorities is also being considered.’
    • ‘It should not grant an injunction where to do so will deprive a plaintiff of advantages in the foreign forum.’
    • ‘The Industrial Tribunal is seized of all matters in issue between the parties and is the proper forum.’
    • ‘Nobody would therefore have an absolute right to choose which Court would be the forum for the determination of any disputes.’
    • ‘What are the advantages of having this kind of trial in a domestic forum as opposed to an international forum?’
    • ‘Is this court the appropriate forum for the trial of these issues?’
    • ‘These causes of action exist in Ontario, the forum chosen by the plaintiff.’
    • ‘The courts are far from being the ideal forum in which to resolve the great majority of disputes between a student and his or her university.’
    court of law, law court, bench, bar, court of justice, judicature, tribunal, chancery, assizes
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  • 3(in an ancient Roman city) a public square or marketplace used for judicial and other business.

    public meeting place, public square, marketplace
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

forum

/ˈfɔrəm//ˈfôrəm/