program

noun
pro·​gram | \ ˈprō-ˌgram How to pronounce program (audio) , -grəm How to pronounce program (audio) \

Definition of program

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 [ Late Latin programma, from Greek ] : a public notice
2a : 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 : a plan or system under which action may be taken toward a goal
6a : a sequence of coded instructions that can be inserted into a mechanism (such as a computer)
b dated : a complete plan for solving a problem by the use of a mechanism (such as a computer) that includes both instructions to be inserted into the mechanism and plans for human activities such as interpreting output
c : the genes or sequences of DNA or RNA that are part of an organism or cell and encode or determine a process, trait, or behavior … a mouse in which a tiny but crucial bit of the genetic program has been eliminated.— Bruce Fellman also : a process, trait, or behavior determined by or as if by the genetic material of an organism Orb webs are marvels of geometry and construction. They are built according to a complex behavioral program, which is highly flexible in some respects and very precise in others. — Michael H. Robinson

program

verb
pro·​gram | \ ˈprō-ˌgram How to pronounce program (audio) , -grəm\
variants: or less commonly
programmed or programed; programming or programing

Definition of program (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to arrange or furnish a program of or for : bill
b : to enter in a program
2 : to work out a sequence of operations to be performed by (a mechanism, such as a computer) : to provide with a program
3a : to insert a program for (a particular action) into or as if into a mechanism (such as a computer)
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
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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Other Words from program

Verb

programmability \ (ˌ)prō-​ˌgra-​mə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce programmability (audio) \ noun
programmable \ ˈprō-​ˌgra-​mə-​bəl How to pronounce programmable (audio) \ adjective or noun

Synonyms for program

Synonyms: Noun

agenda, calendar, docket, schedule, timetable

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Examples of program in a Sentence

Noun

a program of regular dental checkups the program will tell us the scheduled order of musical numbers

Verb

He programmed the computer to calculate his monthly expenses and earnings. She is learning how to program in school. Can you help me program my cell phone?
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Between Crean’s successful recruiting cycle and Edwards’s arrival, things are looking promising for Georgia’s program. Emily Caron, SI.com, "Can Anthony Edwards Spearhead a Georgia Basketball Turnaround?," 16 Sep. 2019 Tented booths at San Diego Gas & Electric’s recent Wildfire Mitigation & Resiliency Fair gave people an opportunity to learn about SDG&E’s fire safety programs, public safety power shutoffs and how to be prepared for emergencies. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Experts share strategies at wildfire preparedness fair," 16 Sep. 2019 And that would be a shame, because the man who runs this team happens to be the best coach in the history of MSU’s football program. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Mark Dantonio blamed refs for Michigan State football's loss. He should blame himself," 15 Sep. 2019 In 2014, groundfish populations had rebounded and the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program gave petrale sole, sand dabs, sablefish and several types of rockfish the green light for sustainability. Tara Duggan, SFChronicle.com, "13 years ago, the Nature Conservancy desperately wanted to protect groundfish. Now it wants you to eat them," 14 Sep. 2019 Route 102 is VIA’s third Prímo line to debut since 2012, and part of VIA’s program to provide more frequent service. Bruce Selcraig, ExpressNews.com, "VIA’s new Brooks Transit Center hopes to connect a community," 14 Sep. 2019 Canada is a particularly popular choice for Nigerians: the number of Nigerians admitted through Canada’s Express Entry program grew 30-fold between 2015 and 2017 and is on pace to increase. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Three in four Africans applying for student visas in Canada this year have been rejected," 13 Sep. 2019 DeMerchant’s pilot program will enable voter registration access to Fort Bend County residents. Roy Kent, Houston Chronicle, "Fort Bend County Precinct 4 begins voter registration pilot program," 13 Sep. 2019 As Air Force’s program ascended to national prominence in the 1980s and 1990s, there was a strong desire to play Colorado, but the Buffaloes were never particularly interested in facing Fisher DeBerry’s option offense. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Alabama-Clemson V might not be a slam-dunk and other college football observations from Week 3," 13 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

It is programmed to go no faster than 15 miles per hour and to obey all traffic rules. New York Times, "Driverless Cars Arrive in New York City," 6 Aug. 2019 The computer could indeed become overloaded, but it had been programmed to ignore everything but the most essential tasks in such conditions. Jamie Turner, cleveland.com, "11 things you might not know about Apollo 11 and the Space Race: Apollo 11 at 50," 17 July 2019 The shuttle slowed, but it was programmed to stop 9.8 feet (3 meters) from an obstacle in its path, the report said. Washington Post, "Feds: Truck driver likely caused self-driving shuttle crash," 11 July 2019 It's also programmed to avoid falling down the stairs or damaging furniture! Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "Wayfair's Best Way Day Sale Is This Robotic Vacuum That's Amazing for Pet Hair," 10 Apr. 2019 County officials say 15 of 16 antenna sites will be ready by early next year and the towers can be programmed to work without the last Hollywood site. Larry Barszewski, sun-sentinel.com, "City-county feud could slow 911 response improvements in south Broward," 10 Sep. 2019 Some drivers will always rely too much on driver assist systems, and the system must be programmed to handle that, Friedman said. Washington Post, "NTSB: Autopilot flaw, driver inattention caused Tesla crash," 5 Sep. 2019 His kids like the fact that the lights can be programmed to shine colors other than white or to cycle though all the different colors. Richard A. Marini, ExpressNews.com, "How outdoor lighting can make your yard an inviting living space," 29 Aug. 2019 Studies of twins finds only about 25% of our optimism is programmed by our genes. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Want to live longer? Be an optimist, study says," 26 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of program

Noun

1633, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for program

Noun

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

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program

noun

English Language Learners Definition of program

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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.

program

verb

English Language Learners Definition of program (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

program

noun
pro·​gram | \ ˈprō-ˌgram How to pronounce program (audio) , -grəm\

Kids Definition of program

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a brief statement or written outline (as of a concert, play, ceremony, or religious service)
2 : performance sense 2 a television program
3 : a plan of action … this little town had the most successful school lunch program in the state.— Andrew Clements, Frindle
4 : a set of step-by-step instructions that tell a computer to do something with data

program

verb
programmed\ ˈprō-​ˌgramd , -​grəmd \; programming

Kids Definition of program (Entry 2 of 2)

: to give (a computer) a set of instructions : provide with a program

program

noun
pro·​gram
variants: or chiefly British programme \ ˈprō-​ˌgram How to pronounce programme (audio) , -​grəm How to pronounce programme (audio) \

Medical Definition of program

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the genes or sequences of DNA or RNA that are part of an organism or cell and encode or determine a process, trait, or behavior

program

transitive verb
variants: or chiefly British programme
programmed or programed; programming or programing

Medical Definition of program (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to code in an organism's program
2 : to provide with a biological program cells programmed to synthesize hemoglobin

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