Meaning of PROGRAM in English

I. pro ‧ gram 1 W1 /ˈprəʊɡræm $ ˈproʊ-/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Date: 1600-1700 ; Language: French ; Origin: programme , from Greek , from prographein 'to write before' ]

1 . a set of instructions given to a computer to make it perform an operation:

a word processing program

2 . the American spelling of ↑ programme

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▪ a computer program

The pictures were generated by a computer program.

▪ a software program

a software program that aids in website design

▪ a spreadsheet program (=one that can do calculations with numbers)

A spreadsheet program doesn't replace the traditional accounts package.

▪ a word processing program (=one that you use for writing documents)

All word processing programs can check your spelling.

▪ an anti-virus program

You should update your anti-virus program regularly.

■ verbs

▪ write a program

They learned how to write their own programs.

▪ run a program

You have to input this information every time you run the program.

▪ use a program

The documentation explains how to use the program.

▪ load/install a program (=put it on your computer)

Is that program installed on your computer?

▪ download a program

You can download the program and use it free of charge for 90 days.

II. program 2 BrE AmE verb ( past tense and past participle programmed , present participle programming ) [transitive]

1 . to give a computer a set of instructions that it can use to perform a particular operation

program something to do something

attempts to program computers to produce and understand speech

Any large high-speed computer can be programmed to learn.

2 . the American spelling of programme

⇨ ↑ programmer

III. pro ‧ gramme 1 S1 W1 BrE AmE British English , program American English /ˈprəʊɡræm $ ˈproʊ-/ noun [countable]

1 . PLAN a series of actions which are designed to achieve something important:

the US space program

programme to do something

a United Nations programme to control the spread of AIDS

programme of

a programme of economic reforms

2 . TELEVISION/RADIO something that you watch on television or listen to on the radio:

What’s your favourite television programme?

news and current affairs programmes

programme about/on

There’s a programme about killer whales next.

see/watch a programme

3 . EDUCATION American English a course of study:

Stanford University’s MBA program

a research program

4 . IMPROVEMENTS actions that have been planned to keep something in good condition or improve something:

a new fitness programme

5 . PLAY/CONCERT a small book or piece of paper that gives information about a play, concert etc and who the performers are:

a theatre programme

6 . LIST OF EVENTS a series of planned activities or events, or a list showing what order they will come in

programme for

What’s the programme for tomorrow?

programme of

a programme of exhibitions throughout the year

7 . MACHINE a series of actions done in a particular order by a machine such as a washing machine:

The light goes off when it finishes the programme.

8 . get with the program spoken informal especially American English used to tell someone to pay attention to what needs to be done, and to do it

⇨ ↑ program 1

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COLLOCATIONS (for Meaning 1)

■ ADJECTIVES/NOUN + programme

▪ an economic programme

The party did not have a clear economic programme.

▪ a development programme

This project is a central part of the development programme for the area.

▪ a reform programme

After the elections, they embarked on an ambitious reform programme.

▪ an expansion programme

The company’s aggressive expansion program will double the size of the chain in the next four years.

▪ a building programme

We will continue with our hospital building programme.

▪ a spending programme

The government’s spending programme is the subject of vigorous debate.

▪ the space programme (=for sending vehicles into space)

He was involved in the Soviet space programme.

▪ a major/massive programme

A major programme of modernisation is transforming public transport in London.

▪ an ambitious programme

The European Community embarked on an ambitious programme of research.

■ verbs

▪ embark on/launch a programme (=start it)

The company has embarked on an expansion programme.

▪ carry out a programme ( also implement a programme formal )

They attempted to implement a programme of reform.

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COLLOCATIONS (for Meaning 2)

■ NOUN + programme

▪ a television programme ( also a TV programme informal )

There aren't many good TV programmes on an the moment.

▪ a radio programme

I was once interviewed for a radio programme.

▪ a cookery/wildlife/news etc programme

More and more people are watching cookery programmes on TV.

■ verbs

▪ watch a programme

She was watching a wildlife programme.

▪ see a programme

Did you see that programme last night about crocodiles?

▪ listen to a programme

A lot of people listen to that programme on the way to work.

▪ hear a programme

I heard an interesting programme on the radio yesterday.

▪ present a programme British English , host a program American English (=introduce its different parts)

At the time she was also presenting several television programmes.

▪ appear on a programme

I was invited to appear on a TV programme.

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▪ programme British English , program American English /ˈprəʊɡræm/ something that you watch on television, or listen to on the radio:

What’s your favourite television programme?


I watched an interesting programme about Egypt last night.

▪ show /ʃəʊ/ a programme on television or the radio, especially an informal one in which people talk together, take part in a game etc:

a late-night talk show


game shows


She hosts a weekly call-in radio show called ‘Got a question?’

▪ documentary /ˌdɒkjɑˈment ə ri◂ $ ˌdɑːk-/ a programme that gives you facts and information about a serious subject, such as history, science, or social problems:

a documentary about homeless people


a 50-minute television documentary

▪ soap opera/soap /ˈsəʊp ˌɒp ə rə $ -ˌɑː-, səʊp/ a television or radio programme that tells an imaginary story about a group of people and their lives, and is often broadcast regularly for many years:

the Australian soap opera ‘Neighbours’


the huge success of television soaps

▪ sitcom /ˈsɪtkɒm $ -kɑːm/ an amusing programme in which there is a different story each week about the same group of people:

the American sitcom ‘Friends’

▪ reality TV television programmes that show real people in funny situations or situations in which they must compete with each other. Often the people are filmed continuously for weeks or months:

the reality TV show ‘Big Brother’


The trouble with reality TV is that a lot of the time it’s really boring.

▪ webcast a programme, event etc that is broadcast on the Internet:

Universities may record and broadcast some lectures as webcasts.

▪ podcast a file of recorded sound and sometimes pictures that you can ↑ download from the Internet:

The interview is available as a podcast.

IV. programme 2 BrE AmE British English , program American English verb [transitive]

1 . to set a machine to operate in a particular way

programme something to do something

I’ve programmed the video to come on at ten.

⇨ ↑ program 2

2 . be programmed if a person or an animal is programmed socially or biologically to do something, they do it without thinking

be programmed to do something

All birds of this species are programmed to build their nests in the same way.

3 . to arrange for something to happen as part of a series of planned events or activities:

What’s programmed for this afternoon?

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.