- a plan of action to accomplish a specified end: a school lunch program.
- a plan or schedule of activities, procedures, etc., to be followed.
- a broadcasted television or radio production or similar Internet-based content produced for distribution.
- a list of items, pieces, performers, etc., in a musical, theatrical, or other entertainment.
- an entertainment with reference to its pieces or numbers: a program of American and French music.
- a planned, coordinated group of activities, procedures, etc., often for a specific purpose, or a facility offering such a series of activities: a drug rehabilitation program; a graduate program in linguistics.
- a prospectus or syllabus: a program of courses being offered.
- Also called computer program. Digital Technology. a precise sequence of instructions enabling a computer to perform a task; a piece of software.
- to schedule as part of a program.
- Digital Technology. to write code for (a computer program or application).
- to insert or encode specific operating instructions into (a machine or apparatus): We'll program the bells to ring at ten-minute intervals.
- to insert (instructions) into a machine or apparatus: An automatic release has been programmed into the lock as a safety feature.
- to cause to absorb or incorporate automatic responses, attitudes, or the like; condition: Our parents programmed us to respect our elders.
- to set, regulate, or modify so as to produce a specific response or reaction: Program your eating habits to eliminate sweets.
- to plan or write a program.
- Digital Technology. to write computer code.
Origin of program
Examples from the Web for programme
The four page boys listed in today's programme were Hugo Bertie, Viscount Aithrie, Charles Armstrong-Jones and Arthur Chatto.Thump! Audible Crash As Queen's Page Boy Collapses At Opening of Parliament
June 4, 2014
But with democracy suspended, the IMF and World Bank encouraged Indira to pursue the programme with renewed vigour.Hold Onto Your Penis
David Frum, Justin Green
November 29, 2012
The Reagan White House kept Pakistan's programme hidden from Congress.The History Behind Pakistani Nuclear Proliferation
November 28, 2012
There it was, all set forth in the programme he had just purchased.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
He put the box of chocolates in her lap, and opened the programme and handed it to her.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
The programme traced by his minute foresight was carried out.The Secret Agent
But I got it in spite of him, and mapped out a programme as I drank.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
Proceed with the programme of the gay, mad life I must lead.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
- a written or printed list of the events, performers, etc, in a public performance
- a performance or series of performances, often presented at a scheduled time, esp on radio or television
- a specially arranged selection of things to be donewhat's the programme for this afternoon?
- a plan, schedule, or procedure
- a syllabus or curriculum
- to design or schedule (something) as a programme
- computing a variant spelling of program
- a sequence of coded instructions fed into a computer, enabling it to perform specified logical and arithmetical operations on data
- (tr) to feed a program into (a computer)
- (tr) to arrange (data) into a suitable form so that it can be processed by a computer
- (intr) to write a program
Word Origin and History for programme
1630s, "public notice," from Late Latin programma "proclamation, edict," from Greek programma "a written public notice," from stem of prographein "to write publicly," from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + graphein "to write" (see -graphy).
General sense of "a definite plan or scheme" is recorded from 1837. Meaning "list of pieces at a concert, playbill" first recorded 1805 and retains the original sense. That of "objects or events suggested by music" is from 1854. Sense of "broadcasting presentation" is from 1923. Computer sense (noun and verb) is from 1945. Spelling programme, established in Britain, is from French in modern use and began to be used early 19c., originally especially in the "playbill" sense. Program music attested from 1877.
1889, "write program notes;" 1896, "arrange according to program," from program (n.). Of computers from 1945. From 1963 in the figurative sense of "to train to behave in a predetermined way." Related: Programmed; programming.
A series of instructions given to a computer to direct it to carry out certain operations. The term code is often used to denote large-scale operations.