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

Examples of reprogram in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web States will need to reprogram their computers to input the new dates for the extra pay, a significant obstacle given that many rely on outdated computer systems. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Democrats reject White House offer for short-term extension of unemployment benefit," 31 July 2020 Investigators presume that the final buyers would reprogram the fobs so they could be used on other vehicles. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "Man Charged with Stealing 2000 New-Car Key Fobs, Selling Them on eBay," 7 July 2020 Doing so invites them to reconsider and reprogram their gut response before calling anyone. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "Dear anti-racist allies: Here's how to respond to microaggressions," 5 June 2020 Then coronavirus happened, so folks behind Quibi, a buzzy new video streaming service with some of showbiz’s biggest names attached, had to reprogram. Matt Wake |, al, "Can this star-studded startup revolutionize video streaming?," 15 Apr. 2020 The Stanford approach utilizes powerful agents known as Yamanaka factors, which reprogram a cell’s epigenome to its time zero, or embryonic state. Nicholas Wade, New York Times, "Turning Back the Clock on Aging Cells," 24 Mar. 2020 This form of therapy allows clinicians to reprogram a patient’s own immune cells to detect and destroy specific cancer cells at the microscopic level. David Buice, Dallas News, "These innovative therapies lead the way in the fight against cancer," 20 Dec. 2019 Dealers will reprogram the brake computer starting Jan. 27, according to documents posted Thursday on the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. USA TODAY, "GM recalls 814,000 pickup trucks and cars to repair brake problems," 20 Dec. 2019 In the months ahead, his stores will reprogram their registers and get new pull-off reminder calendars to help sales clerks determine who can legally buy tobacco. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska prepares for new federal law raising age limit to 21 for tobacco, e-cigarettes," 25 Dec. 2019

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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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4 Aug 2020

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“Reprogram.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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