re·​pro·​gram | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈprō-ˌgram , -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 , -​ˌprō-​ˈgra-​ \ adjective

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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 But this would require further scientific progress, because the recent Chinese SCNT work was successful using fetal cells—not adult cells, which can be more difficult to reprogram. Dina Fine Maron, Scientific American, "First Primate Clones Produced Using the “Dolly” Method," 24 Jan. 2018 Cour Pharmaceutical in Chicago and Takeda Pharmaceutical in Japan are using nanotechnology to try to reprogram the body’s immune system to enable patients to develop a tolerance to gluten and potentially reverse symptoms of the disease. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "The Dilemma of the Gluten-Free Diet," 16 Apr. 2018 Having to reprogram your brain as to what normal is with this car has been a huge challenge. Jim Ayello, USA TODAY Sports, "Series veterans getting up to speed with new Indy cars," 14 Apr. 2018 The Pentagon can likely reprogram funds in the short term but would probably need authorization from Congress beyond a few months, said the aide, who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. Jill Colvin,, "Trump working with governors to send troops to guard Mexican border," 4 Apr. 2018 Another, from Ohio Sate University, involved a new technology that can reprogram cells in a number of different situations, including to help heal wounded tissue. Eric Boodman, STAT, "How gut bacteria impact cancer treatment: meet the STAT Madness 2018 Editors’ Pick," 2 Apr. 2018 But unlike those early computers, the latest machines are becoming smart enough to reprogram—even fix—themselves as needed. Gabrielle Jonas, Newsweek, "Where Have All the Good Jobs Gone? Ask a Robot.," 30 Nov. 2014

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First Known Use of reprogram

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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