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  1. pro·gram
  2. noun


    • 1. provide (a computer or other machine) with coded instructions for the automatic performance of a task:

      it is a simple matter to program the computer to recognize such symbols
    • 2. write computer programs:

      I've programmed for 25 years and have used many languages he has been programming since he was a teenager in the mid-1970s
    • 3. input (instructions for the automatic performance of a task) into a computer or other machine:

      simply program in your desired volume level
      Synonym : set, fix, arrange
    • 4. cause (a person or animal) to behave in a predetermined way:

      all members of a particular species are programmed to build nests in the same way
    • 5. arrange according to a plan or schedule:

      we learn how to program our own lives consciously
      Synonym : arrange, organize, schedule, plan, map out, lay out, timetable, line up, prearrange, slate
    • 6. schedule (an item) within a framework:

      the next stage of the treaty is programmed for 1996
    • 7. broadcast (an item):

      the station does not program enough contemporary works
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: programme, plural noun: programmes

    • v.: verb: program, 3rd person present: programs, gerund or present participle: programming, past tense: programmed, past participle: programmed

    • noun

      US spelling of programme (also widely used in computing contexts)
    • noun

      a set of related measures or activities with a particular long-term aim:

      a planned series of future events or performances:

    • verb

      provide (a computer or other machine) with coded instructions for the automatic performance of a task:

      write computer programs:

    • noun

      a program written in a language other than machine code, typically a high-level language.
    • noun

      another term for application
    • noun

      the simultaneous purchase and sale of many different stocks, or of stocks and related futures contracts, with the use of a computer program to exploit price differences in different markets.
    • noun

      a program for carrying out a routine function.
    • noun

      a program which provides an interface between the user and the operating system.
    • noun

      a program into which some other program is translated by an assembler or compiler.
    • noun

      a government program that guarantees certain benefits to a particular group or segment of the population.
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