• (RP) IPA: /ˈpɹəʊɡɹæm/
  • (GA, Canada) enPR: prōʹgrăm', IPA: /ˈpɹoʊˌɡɹæm/
  • (Southern US) enPR: prōʹgrəm, IPA: /ˈpɹoʊɡɹəm/

program (plural programs)

  1. A set of structured activities.
    Our program for today’s exercise class includes swimming and jogging.
  2. A leaflet listing information about a play, game or other activity.
    The program consisted of ads for restaurants and the credits of everyone connected with the play.
  3. (broadcasting) A performance of a show or other broadcast on radio or television.
    Tonight’s program was hosted by Johnny Carson.
  4. (computing) A software application, or a collection of software applications, designed to perform a specific task.
    The program runs on both Linux and Microsoft Windows.
  5. (especially, in the phrase "get with the program") A particular mindset or method of doing things.
    • 1988, Die Hard:
      Ellis: Come on, John, why don’t you get with the program and tell him where the detonators are?
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program (programs, present participle programming; past and past participle programmed)

  1. (transitive) To enter a program or other instructions into (a computer or other electronic device) to instruct it to do a particular task.
    He programmed the DVR to record his favorite show.
  2. (transitive) To develop (software) by writing program code.
    I programmed a small game as a demonstration.
  3. (transitive) To put together the schedule of an event.
    Mary will program Tuesday’s festivities.
  4. (transitive) To cause to automatically behave in a particular way.
    The lab rat was programmed to press the lever when the bell rang.
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