• Program


    • RP IPA: /ˈpɹəʊɡɹæm/
    • US enPR: prōʹgrăm, IPA: /ˈpɹoʊɡɹæm/
    • Southern US enPR: prōʹgrÉ™m, IPA: /ˈpɹoʊɡɹəm/

    Alternative forms


    From French programme, from Late Latin programma ("a proclamation, edict"), from Ancient Greek πρόγραμμα (programma, "a written public notice, an edict"), from προγράφω (prographō, "I set forth as a public notice"), from πρό (pro, "before") + γράφω (graphō, "I write").

    Full definition of program



    (plural programs)
    1. A set of structured activities.
      • Our program for today’s exercise class includes swimming and jogging.
    2. A leaflet listing information about a play, game or other activity.
      • The program consisted of ads for restaurants and the credits of everyone connected with the play.
    3. A performance of a show or other broadcast on radio or television.
      • Tonight’s program was hosted by Johnny Carson.
    4. (computing) A software application, or a collection of software applications, designed to perform a specific task.
    5. A particular mindset or method of doing things.
      • Come on, John, why don’t you get with the program and tell him where the detonators are? – Ellis in the movie Die Hard.

    Usage notes

    Usage of program and programme:

    US: program is the only spelling normally used.

    UK: programme is used in all cases except for computer code, in which case program is generally used. Older sources may use programme for computer code.

    Canada: both program and programme are used, but programme is more common.

    Australia: program is endorsed by the Australian government, but programme is most common.

    New Zealand: programme is favoured by New Zealand dictionaries, and is endorsed by government usage; program is rarely seen.



    1. (transitive) To enter a program or other instructions into (a computer or other electronic device) to instruct it to do a particular task.
      • He programmed the DVR to record his favorite show.
    2. (transitive) To develop (software) by writing program code.I programmed a small game as a demonstration.
    3. (transitive) To put together the schedule of an event.
      • Mary will program Tuesday’s festivities.
    4. (transitive) To cause to automatically behave in a particular way.
      • The lab rat was programmed to press the lever when the bell rang.
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