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

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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 But many Democrats are wary that expensive programs and new taxes will turn off swing voters in key states and hand the election to Trump. Jonathan Allen, NBC News, "Democrats' 2020 split risks handing Trump a big advantage," 2 Jan. 2020 The chief justice said the federal courts have sought to enhance Americans' understanding of government by making their opinions more accessible to the public and developing educational programs and products. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "John Roberts praises federal judges' efforts in age of "rumor and false information"," 1 Jan. 2020 Many conservation issues, such as the need for increased funding for fish and wildlife programs and stronger measures to address chronic wasting disease, had been shelved or actively opposed. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: View from tree stand invokes optimism for 2020 in the Wisconsin outdoors," 1 Jan. 2020 The Wolverines kicked three field goals in the first half, including 57-yarder from Quinn Nordin, who tied the program and Citrus Bowl records. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football can't keep pace with Alabama, ends season with 35-16 Citrus Bowl loss," 1 Jan. 2020 Most Arkansas employers with four or more employees will be required to meet the new minimum, with some exemptions in agriculture, for commission-only workers, students in jobs-training programs and independent contractors. Hunter Field, Arkansas Online, "$10 minimum wage in state to start Wednesday," 31 Dec. 2019 He was promoted to director of the King Kennedy club, oversaw the athletic program and eventually was appointed to run the BGC’s newly constructed Teen Center at East Tech High School. Leila Atassi, cleveland, "Boys & Girls Clubs’ Richard Starr graduates from Baldwin Wallace University 8 years after dropping out, shows youth anything is possible," 30 Dec. 2019 The site is actually the birthplace of America’s space program, and today is home not just to a space capsule landing field, but the latest in weapons tech, from lasers to electromagnetic railguns. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "What Happens at White Sands Missile Range?," 24 Dec. 2019 The letter stated that the sender is in a 12-step program and working to make financial amends. USA TODAY, "Liquid oozes onto highway, red squirrels rising, floods, oysters, exploding ATM: News from around our 50 states," 24 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Participants learn programming languages such as Javascript, CCS and HTML. Alexandria Burris, Indianapolis Star, "Ivanka Trump meets with participants of prison reentry program in Indianapolis," 5 Dec. 2019 The television programmers slot games to fill programming holes with little apparent concern for fans who actually want to watch. oregonlive, "How many people will watch Saturday night’s Wazzu-Oregon telecast? Issues & Answers," 23 Oct. 2019 The driving forces behind the new events are relative newcomers to the arts programming scene. Elaine Ayala, ExpressNews.com, "Latino arts groups feel shortchanged by new Day of the Dead events," 12 Oct. 2019 Bates is one of the most frequently programmed living composers on American orchestra programs. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: San Diego Symphony and Rafael Payare take risks in thrilling season opener," 6 Oct. 2019 As per some estimates, fewer than 5% of engineers trained in the country are cut out for high-skill programming jobs. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "The good old BA is India’s most popular graduate course, and that’s a problem," 23 Sep. 2019 Afterward, book club advisers Angie Jameson and Kyle Patterson demonstrated how to code by programming Ozobots, miniature robots. Joan Rusek, cleveland.com, "Chagrin Falls students hit the books early with summer reading program: Valley Views," 3 Sep. 2019 Footage shown at Apple’s programming event featured Mr. Momoa ready-set for battle alongside dozens of actors in sweeping vistas filmed in the fields and forests of British Columbia. Erich Schwartzel, WSJ, "Coming to a Streaming Service Near You: Shows Costing as Much as Big-Budget Movies," 10 July 2019 Plus, it can be programmed to stop at up to four heights between 30 and 50 inches. Michael Calore, Wired, "These Standing Desks Rise Above the Competition," 21 Jan. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for program

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The first known use of program was in 1633

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Last Updated

5 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Program.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/programs. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for program

program

noun
How to pronounce program (audio) How to pronounce program (audio)

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
How to pronounce program (audio)

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
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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