WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
pro•gram /ˈproʊgræm, -grəm/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  -grammed or -gramed, -gram•ming or -gram•ing. 
n. [countable]
  1. a plan of action to accomplish a certain goal or end:a drug rehabilitation program.
  2. a planned or coordinated schedule of activities.
  3. Show Businessa radio or television performance or production.
  4. Show Businessa list of selections, performers, etc., included in a musical, theatrical, or other entertainment, a booklet containing such a list, or the selections themselves.
  5. Show Businessan entertainment with reference to its pieces or numbers:a program of French songs.
  6. Computinga sequence of instructions enabling a computer to perform a task; piece of software.

  1. to schedule or establish as part of a program:[+ object]The bells are programmed to go off at noon.
  2. Computingto provide a program for (a computer): [+ object]He used BASIC to program his computer.[no object]He programmed in BASIC.
  3. [+ object]
    • to insert, enter, or type instructions into:to program a VCR to record a show.
    • to enter (instructions) into a machine or apparatus:to program the schedule into the VCR.
  4. to fill with attitudes, behavior patterns, or the like;
    condition:[+ object]to program children to respect their elders.
Also,[esp. Brit.,] ˈpro•gramme.  pro•gram•ma•ble, adj. 
pro•gram•mat•ic /ˌproʊgrəˈmætɪk/USA pronunciation   adj.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
pro•gram  (prōgram, -grəm),USA pronunciation n., v.,  -grammed  or -gramed, -gram•ming  or -gram•ing. 
  1. a plan of action to accomplish a specified end:a school lunch program.
  2. a plan or schedule of activities, procedures, etc., to be followed.
  3. Show Businessa radio or television performance or production.
  4. Show Businessa list of items, pieces, performers, etc., in a musical, theatrical, or other entertainment.
  5. Show Businessan entertainment with reference to its pieces or numbers:a program of American and French music.
  6. a planned, coordinated group of activities, procedures, etc., often for a specific purpose, or a facility offering such a series of activities:a drug rehabilitation program; a graduate program in linguistics.
  7. a prospectus or syllabus:a program of courses being offered.
  8. Computing
    • a systematic plan for the automatic solution of a problem by a computer.
    • the precise sequence of instructions enabling a computer to solve a problem.

  1. to schedule as part of a program.
  2. Computingto prepare a program for.
  3. to insert or encode specific operating instructions into (a machine or apparatus):We'll program the bells to ring at ten-minute intervals.
  4. to insert (instructions) into a machine or apparatus:An automatic release has been programmed into the lock as a safety feature.
  5. to cause to absorb or incorporate automatic responses, attitudes, or the like;
    condition:Our parents programmed us to respect our elders.
  6. to set, regulate, or modify so as to produce a specific response or reaction:Program your eating habits to eliminate sweets.

  1. to plan or write a program.
Also,[esp. Brit.,] programme. 
  • Greek prógramma public notice in writing. See pro-2, -gram1
  • Late Latin programma
  • 1625–35

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program, (sometimes)programme /ˈprəʊɡræm/ n
  1. a sequence of coded instructions fed into a computer, enabling it to perform specified logical and arithmetical operations on data
vb ( -grams, -gramming, -grammed, -grammes, -gramming, -grammed)
  1. (transitive) to feed a program into (a computer)
  2. (transitive) to arrange (data) into a suitable form so that it can be processed by a computer
  3. (intransitive) to write a program

programme, US program /ˈprəʊɡræm/ n
  1. a written or printed list of the events, performers, etc, in a public performance
  2. a performance or series of performances, often presented at a scheduled time, esp on radio or television
  3. a specially arranged selection of things to be done: what's the programme for this afternoon?
  4. a plan, schedule, or procedure
  5. a syllabus or curriculum
vb ( -grammes, -gramming, -grammed) ( US -grams, -graming, -gramed)
  1. to design or schedule (something) as a programme
n , vb
  1. a variant spelling of program
Etymology: 17th Century: from Late Latin programma, from Greek: written public notice, from pro-² + graphein to write

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Collocations: program [the computer, your phone, the system, the server, your remote] (to), a [social, community, housing, rehabilitation, treatment, workout] program, the program [director, manager, editor, designer, writer], more...

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