chiefly British spelling of

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to arrange or furnish a program of or for :  billb :  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. 3a :  to insert a program for (a particular action) into or as if into a mechanismb :  to control by or as if by a programc (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>

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rude, impolite, or socially unacceptable

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