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program

noun [C]
 
 
/ˈprəʊɡræm/
( 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 →  Compare scheme noun
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.
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