Meaning of “algorithm” in the English Dictionary

"algorithm" in British English

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algorithmnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈæl.ɡə.rɪ.ðəm/ us /ˈæl.ɡə.rɪ.ðəm/

a set of mathematical instructions or rules that, especially if given to a computer, will help to calculate an answer to a problem:

Music apps use algorithms to predict the probability that fans of one particular band will like another.
algorithmic
adjective /ˌæl.ɡəˈrɪð.mɪk/ /ˌæl.ɡəˈrɪð.mɪk/

an algorithmic search engine

(Definition of “algorithm” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"algorithm" in American English

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algorithmnoun [ C ]

/ˈæl·ɡəˌrɪð·əm/

mathematics a list of instructions for solving a problem

(Definition of “algorithm” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"algorithm" in Business English

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algorithmnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈælɡərɪðəm/ us IT

a set of mathematical instructions that must be followed in a fixed order, and that, especially if given to a computer, will help to calculate an answer to a mathematical problem:

a computer/mathematical/search algorithm The exchanges created computer algorithm systems to recreate the trading activity.

(Definition of “algorithm” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)