re·​pro·​gram | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈprō-ˌgram How to pronounce reprogram (audio) , -grəm\
reprogrammed; reprogramming; reprograms

Definition of reprogram

transitive verb

: to program anew especially : to revise or write a new program for reprogram a computer

intransitive verb

: to rewrite or revise a program especially of a computer

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Other Words from reprogram

reprogrammable \ (ˌ)rē-​ˈprō-​ˌgra-​mə-​bəl How to pronounce reprogrammable (audio) , -​ˌprō-​ˈgra-​ \ adjective

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Genetic editing therapy, which can reprogram a gene to not age, is a front runner in anti-aging science. Zoltan Istvan, Quartz, "Rich people shouldn’t be the only ones who get to live forever," 29 July 2019 Dealers will reprogram the software at no cost to owners., "GE employees in Lynn reject contract," 11 July 2019 Ford says those who are affected can take their cars to their dealers, who will reprogram the software and replace any parts that were affected. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Ford is recalling 58,000 Focus cars because of possible fuel tank issues," 10 July 2019 Beyond hacking protection, Sen says, the technology could allow for doctors to reprogram medical devices without the need for any invasive surgery. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Design a Network That Lives Inside Your Body," 13 Mar. 2019 Today, biologists have learned to reprogram CRISPR-Cas9 to cut any type of DNA in a cell — not just viral — in a location of their choosing by giving it a new target to seek out. Anna Groves, Discover Magazine, "Human Gene Editing is Controversial. Shoukhrat Mitalipov Isn't Deterred," 15 Apr. 2019 An upcoming datalink ability will enable pilots to reprogram MALD's flight path after launch. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Rise of Disposable Drones," 30 May 2017 Charlotte and Bernard manage to ensnare the group's leader, and Bernard plugs into the host's arm to reprogram him, jacking up his virtue and compassion. Sandra Upson, WIRED, "Westworld Recap, Season 2 Episode 3: Robot, Human, and Everything in Between," 7 May 2018 Which is to say, hosts can literally reprogram themselves into different persons, which Ford seems to think makes them not only more sophisticated but also more noble. The Atlantic, "Westworld: Is This Now?," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of reprogram

1937, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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