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Meaning of “programme” in the English Dictionary

"programme" in British English

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programmenoun [C]

UK (US program) uk   /ˈprəʊ.ɡræm/  us   /ˈproʊ-/
  • programme noun [C] (BROADCAST)

A2 a ​broadcast on ​television or ​radio: It's one of those ​arts programmes late at ​night. It's my ​favourite TV programme - I never ​miss an ​episode.

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  • programme noun [C] (BOOK)

a ​thinbook or ​piece of ​paper giving ​information about a ​play or ​musical or ​sportsevent, usually ​bought at the ​theatre or ​place where the ​eventhappens: I ​looked in the programme to ​find out the actor's ​name. He ​collected football programmes.

programmeverb [T + obj + to infinitive ]

UK (US program (-mm-)) uk   /ˈprəʊ.ɡræm/  us   /ˈproʊ-/
to ​tell a ​device or ​system to ​operate in a ​particular way or at a ​particulartime: I've programmed the ​heating to come on at 6.00.be programmed to do sth to always do or ​think a ​particular thing, ​although you do not ​try to: I'm programmed to ​wake up at seven.
(Definition of programme from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"programme" in Business English

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programmenoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈprəʊɡræm/ UK (US program)
GOVERNMENT, MANAGEMENT an ​officiallyorganizedsystem of ​services, ​activities, or ​opportunities that ​helppeopleachieve something: There is no ​graduate training programme for new ​recruits.a programme to do sth Housing Market Renewal is a programme to ​deal with ​lowdemand in ​housingareas. abuilding/​development/​research programme build/​develop/​finance a programme launch/​carry out/​initiate a programme
COMMUNICATIONS a ​broadcast on ​television or radio: watch/see a programme Did you see that new programme last night?a television/TV/radio programme There aren't too many TV programmes ​worth watching ​right now.a news/reality/history programme We listened to a ​news programme on the BBC World Service.broadcast/show a programme (about sth) They're always showing programmes about nasty ​people doing nasty things to each other.a programme on sth We listened to a new programme on Radio 4.
a ​plannedseries of ​relatedevents or ​activities: A programme of ​meetings has been ​planned for October and November. organize/set up/​plan a programme
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programmeverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈprəʊɡræm/
to ​plan for ​activities to be done or things to be ​achieved: be programmed for sth This ​project is programmed for ​completion in April.
to write a ​series of ​instructions, using a ​computerlanguage, to ​create or ​run a ​computer program: programme sth to do sth Computers have been programmed to ​unlockapartment doors or ​slowtrains in the ​event of an earthquake.
IT to use a ​piece of ​software to give ​instructions to a ​computer or ​piece of ​electronicequipment to make it ​perform one of a ​range of ​tasks: programme sth to do sth You can programme the ​DVDplayer to ​switch itself off.
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(Definition of programme from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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