Definition of program in English:


Syllabification: pro·gram
Pronunciation: /ˈprōˌgram, -grəm
(British programme)


  • 1A planned series of future events, items, or performances: a weekly program of films the program includes Dvorak’s New World symphony
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    • As a part of the festival, bird-watching tours, a fishermen exhibition, boat race and a series of cultural programmes are being planned.
    • Future plans and programmes were discussed at the gathering.
    • A whole series of programmes are being planned to promote awareness.
    schedule, agenda, calendar, timetable; order of events, lineup
  • 1.1A set of related measures, events, or activities with a particular long-term aim: the nuclear power program
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    • Treatment consists of a long-term programme of physical activity and, when necessary, anti-inflammatory drugs.
    • The specific reform measures of the programme can be grouped under three broad headings.
    • The program should provide long-term strategies to deal with weight problems you may have in the future.
    plan of action, series of measures, strategy, scheme
  • 2A sheet or booklet giving details of items or performers at an event or performance: a theater program
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    • Everything from a giant City shirt, the two penalty spots, changing room pegs, turnstiles, team sheets and signed programmes will be available.
    • Team sheets, signed programmes and a players' treatment table from the 1930s will also be up for grabs.
    • ‘Finding all those programmes, letters and sheet music brought back so many memories,’ she says.
    guide, list of performers, cast list, playbill
  • 3A presentation or item on radio or television, especially one broadcast regularly between stated times: a nature program
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    • To survive, a commercial broadcaster must produce programmes that audiences want.
    • Television programmes, radio talk shows and even online magazines are the results of a lot of hard work.
    • In this business to broadcast 4,000 programmes on the same radio station is a remarkable achievement.
  • 3.1 dated A radio or television service or station providing a regular succession of programs on a particular frequency; a channel.
  • 4 (program) A series of coded software instructions to control the operation of a computer or other machine.
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    • Processing power, therefore, is increasingly determined by software that compiles computer programs into machine code.
    • The sharpest increase is expected to occur among workers who design software programs or develop computer databases.
    • In order to use FTP, you'll need to download and install a software program on your computer.

verb (programs, programming, programmed, or programing, programed)

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  • 1 (program) Provide (a computer or other machine) with coded instructions for the automatic performance of a particular task: it is a simple matter to program the computer to recognize such symbols
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    • Today's slot machines are programmed by computer to continually select a series of numbers at random, whether the machine is being played or not.
    • Simply put, if a computer programmed by people learns the contents of a communication, and takes action based on what it learns, it invades privacy.
    • Most search engines are not programmed to read graphics but instead look for text.
  • 1.1 [no object] Write computer programs: I’ve programmed for 25 years and have used many languages
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    • He's been in the industry for six years, working mainly on console games, though programming since the age of 11.
    • Len Kaplan has been programming since small computers were the size of refrigerators.
    • Like all good hackers, I have been programming since junior high, using my dad's account on the University of New Mexico IBM 360 mainframe.
  • 1.2Input (instructions for the automatic performance of a task) into a computer or other machine: simply program in your desired volume level
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    • What's new is a technique which lets ordinary card users program in their own spending parameters.
    • People are used to point and click, not having to program in a time and channel to get something to record.
    • By the way, you can also use this service to program in all those anniversaries that you tend to forget as well!
  • 1.3Cause (a person or animal) to behave in a predetermined way: all members of a particular species are programmed to build nests in the same way
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    • We respond positively to baby animals because we're programmed to find big heads and big eyes cute.
    • I am programmed to behave, not taught to behave.
    • Blotter made a show of biting her knuckles and growing pale, as she was programmed to do in tense situations.
  • 2Arrange according to a plan or schedule: we learn how to program our own lives consciously
  • 2.1Schedule (an item) within a framework: the next stage of the treaty is programmed for 1996
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    • The company consistently programs the wrong kind of plays for such a space.
    • While the renovation takes place, he will be programming events in other venues, such as council-run schools outwith the city.
  • 2.2US Broadcast (an item): the station does not program enough contemporary works
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    • In this view, networks, from the beginning of television time should have programmed lots of prime-time game shows.
    • After one disastrous season, many of the stations that programmed the show asked to be let out of their two-year guarantees.


get with the program

[often in imperative] North American informal Do what is expected of one; adopt the prevailing viewpoint.
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  • On that matter, at least, Riordan got with the program: ‘I know nothing about it.’
  • This is the way it is, boys and girls, and while I'm not thrilled, I think it's long past time that Democrats got with the program.
  • Let's hope someone up top gets with the program.



Pronunciation: /-əˈbilətē/
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  • The first controversy is somewhat muted by the programmability of our CD player but remains an important point in live performances (and presumably recordings of live performances).
  • These programs may not include more sophisticated 3D tools, the ability to handle huge and complex drawings, or extensive programmability, but many users won't find these low-cost alternatives lacking.
  • The programmability of graphics hardware is becoming more and more sophisticated over time, to the point where they almost look like general array processors, rather than fixed-function parts.


Pronunciation: /ˈprōˌgraməbəl, prōˈgram-/
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  • I seem to remember a while back about a programmable gate array that didn't even have a third of the gates hooked up to the circuit, but would stop running if they were removed.
  • The company is the world's leading supplier of programmable logic and related development systems software.
  • Their EE undergraduate majors have programmable modules and their robots are running all over the place.


early 17th century (in the sense 'written notice'): via late Latin from Greek programma, from prographein 'write publicly', from pro 'before' + graphein 'write'.

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