Meaning of “program” in the English Dictionary

"program" in British English

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programnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈprəʊ.ɡræm/ us /ˈproʊ.ɡræm/

A2 a series of instructions that can be put into a computer in order to make it perform an operation:

a computer program
She's written a program to find words that frequently occur together.

A2 US and Australian English spelling of programme noun

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programverb [ T ]

uk /ˈprəʊ.ɡræm/ us /ˈproʊ.ɡræm/ -mm-

to write a series of instructions that make a computer perform a particular operation:

[ + to infinitive ] She programmed the computer to calculate the rate of exchange in twelve currencies.

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

"program" in American English

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programnoun [ C ]

us /ˈproʊ·ɡræm, -ɡrəm/

program noun [ C ] (ACTIVITIES)

a group of activities or things to be achieved:

a training program
the university basketball program
a pilot recycling program

program noun [ C ] (BROADCAST)

a broadcast or series of broadcasts on television or radio:

What’s your favorite program?

program noun [ C ] (COMPUTER)

a series of instructions that make a computer perform an operation:

a word processing program

program noun [ C ] (THIN BOOK)

a thin book or piece of paper giving information about a play or musical or sports event

programverb [ T ]

us /ˈproʊ·ɡræm, -ɡrəm/ -mm-

program verb [ T ] (COMPUTER)

to instruct a computerized device or system to operate in a particular way or at a particular time:

The CD player can be programmed to play the songs in any order.
programmable
adjective us /ˈproʊˌɡræm·ə·bəl/

a programmable thermostat

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

"program" in Business English

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programnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈprəʊɡræm/ us

also computer program IT a series of instructions put into a computer so that it does particular tasks:

load/download a program The service will prompt you to download the appropriate program.
install/uninstall a program When I try to install a program, I get an error message.
design/develop/write a program The company is trying to develop a program that will predict terrorist acts.
run/execute/use a program The command allows computer users to run a program with administrator rights.

US UK programme GOVERNMENT, MANAGEMENT an officially organized system of services, activities, or opportunities that help people achieve something:

a government/state program The governor proposed a state $500 million program to build new schools.
a health insurance/product-development/construction program The tax funds health insurance programs for the working poor.
We had to end the bonus program for non-executive staff.
a program to do sth A financial advisor analyzes clients' finances and prepares personalized programs to meet objectives.
build/develop/finance a program
launch/initiate a program
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US UK programme a course of study, especially at a college or university:

20 years ago there were only two women in our program.
Business/Nursing/Management program Ms. Boothe will enter the college's Business program next year.
a Master's/graduate program The university has 40 different graduate programs.

US UK programme a planned series of related events or activities:

A program of meetings has been planned for October and November.
organize/set up/plan a program

US UK programme COMMUNICATIONS a television or radio show:

On today's program, we'll have an interview with Bill Gates.

programverb [ T ]

uk /ˈprəʊɡræm/ us programs, programming, programmed

IT to write a series of instructions, using a computer language, to create or run a computer program:

program sth to do sth They programmed the computer to predict future discoveries.

UK also programme IT to use a piece of software to give instructions to a computer or piece of electronic equipment to make it perform one of a range of tasks:

program sth to do sth You can use a Pocket PC or cell phone to program your DVR, grab MP3s you've already downloaded, and get stock quotes or weather reports.

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

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