Meaning of PROGRAM in English

I. ˈprō-ˌgram, -grəm noun

Etymology: French programme agenda, public notice, from Greek programma, from prographein to write before, from pro- before + graphein to write — more at carve

Date: 1633


[Late Latin programma, from Greek]

: a public notice


a. : a brief usually printed outline of the order to be followed, of the features to be presented, and the persons participating (as in a public performance)

b. : the performance of a program ; especially : a performance broadcast on radio or television

3. : a plan or system under which action may be taken toward a goal

4. : curriculum

5. : prospectus , syllabus


a. : a plan for the programming of a mechanism (as a computer)

b. : a sequence of coded instructions that can be inserted into a mechanism (as a computer)

c. : a sequence of coded instructions (as genes or behavioral responses) that is part of an organism

II. transitive verb

also programme

( -grammed or -gramed ; -gram·ming or -gram·ing )

Date: 1896


a. : to arrange or furnish a program of or for : bill

b. : to enter in a program

2. : to work out a sequence of operations to be performed by (a mechanism) : provide with a program


a. : to insert a program for (a particular action) into or as if into a mechanism

b. : to control by or as if by a program


(1) : to code in an organism's program

(2) : to provide with a biological program

cells programmed to synthesize hemoglobin

4. : to predetermine the thinking, behavior, or operations of as if by computer programming

children are programmed into violence — Lisa A. Richette

• pro·gram·ma·bil·i·ty (ˌ)prō-ˌgra-mə-ˈbi-lə-tē noun

• pro·gram·ma·ble ˈprō-ˌgra-mə-bəl adjective or noun

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