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

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
reprogrammable adjective

Examples of reprogram in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The resolution was among a number of actions the council took Tuesday, including confirming Police Chief Pamela A. Smith, rejecting a request from the mayor to reprogram millions in rental assistance funds, and formally repealing the requirement that students in D.C. Meagan Flynn, Washington Post, 7 Nov. 2023 Exposing yourself to bright light first thing in the morning can also help reprogram the brain to wake up—and subsequently fall asleep—earlier, said Dr. Varga. Amanda MacMillan, Health, 3 Sep. 2023 The Biden administration tried to reprogram those funds, but that attempt was rejected by lawmakers. Nick Miroff, Washington Post, 12 Oct. 2023 If aging is programmed, scientists could theoretically reprogram our cells by tweaking genes that are central to aging. Bill Gifford, Scientific American, 31 July 2023 State-level regulators in the US also use that hashing function to perform checks on machines' integrity as a means to prevent cheating and to ensure that casinos don't reprogram gaming machines to give themselves an edge. WIRED, 9 Aug. 2023 Car dealers will reprogram the vehicle control module free of charge. Amaris Encinas, USA TODAY, 20 July 2023 But out of caution, Nissan decided to conduct a recall campaign to reprogram the vehicle control module. Amaris Encinas, USA TODAY, 20 July 2023 Councilmembers voted on several amendments to the budget, including where to reprogram American Rescue Plan Act dollars. Detroit Free Press, 11 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of reprogram was in 1937

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Cite this Entry

“Reprogram.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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