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noun pro·gram \ˈprō-ˌgram, -grəm\

Simple Definition of program

  • : a plan of things that are done in order to achieve a specific result

  • : a set of instructions that tell a computer what to do

  • : a thin book or a piece of paper that gives information about a concert, play, sports game, etc.

Full Definition of program

  1. 1 [Late Latin programma, from Greek] :  a public notice

  2. 2 a :  a brief usually printed outline of the order to be followed, of the features to be presented, and the persons participating (as in a public performance) b :  the performance of a program; especially :  a performance broadcast on radio or television

  3. 3 :  a plan or system under which action may be taken toward a goal

  4. 4 :  curriculum

  5. 5 :  prospectus, syllabus

  6. 6 a :  a plan for the programming of a mechanism (as a computer) b :  a sequence of coded instructions that can be inserted into a mechanism (as a computer) c :  a sequence of coded instructions (as genes or behavioral responses) that is part of an organism

Examples of program

  1. a program of regular dental checkups

  2. <the program will tell us the scheduled order of musical numbers>

Origin of program

French programme agenda, public notice, from Greek programma, from prographein to write before, from pro- before + graphein to write — more at carve

First Known Use: 1633

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verb pro·gram

Simple Definition of program

  • : to give (a computer) a set of instructions to perform a particular action : to create a program for (a computer)

  • : to give (a machine) a set of instructions to perform a particular action

  • : to make (a person or animal) behave or think in a particular way

Full Definition of program

programmed or programedprogram·ming or program·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to arrange or furnish a program of or for :  bill b :  to enter in a program

  3. 2 :  to work out a sequence of operations to be performed by (a mechanism) :  provide with a program

  4. 3 a :  to insert a program for (a particular action) into or as if into a mechanism b :  to control by or as if by a program c (1) :  to code in an organism's program (2) :  to provide with a biological program <cells programmed to synthesize hemoglobin>

  5. 4 :  to predetermine the thinking, behavior, or operations of as if by computer programming <children are programmed into violence — Lisa A. Richette>

pro·gram·ma·bil·i·ty play \(ˌ)prō-ˌgra-mə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
pro·gram·ma·ble play \ˈprō-ˌgra-mə-bəl\ adjective or noun

Examples of program

  1. He programmed the computer to calculate his monthly expenses and earnings.

  2. She is learning how to program in school.

  3. Can you help me program my cell phone?


First Known Use of program


Variants of program

also programme

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