[proh-gram, -gruh m]


verb (used with object), pro·grammed or pro·gramed, pro·gram·ming or pro·gram·ing.

verb (used without object), pro·grammed or pro·gramed, pro·gram·ming or pro·gram·ing.

to plan or write a program.
Digital Technology. to write computer code.

Also especially British, pro·gramme.

Origin of program

1625–35; < Late Latin programma < Greek prógramma “public notice in writing.” See pro-2, -gram1
Related formsre·pro·gram, verb (used with object), re·pro·grammed or re·pro·gramed, re·pro·gram·ming or re·pro·gram·ing.un·pro·grammed, adjective
Can be confusedpogrom program Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for programme

Contemporary Examples of programme

Historical Examples of programme

  • There it was, all set forth in the programme he had just purchased.


    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

    Joseph Conrad

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for programme


US program


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

verb -grammes, -gramming or -grammed or US -grams, -graming or -gramed

to design or schedule (something) as a programme

noun, verb

computing a variant spelling of program

Word Origin for programme

C17: from Late Latin programma, from Greek: written public notice, from pro- ² + graphein to write


sometimes programme


a sequence of coded instructions fed into a computer, enabling it to perform specified logical and arithmetical operations on data

verb -grams, -gramming, -grammed, -grammes, -gramming or -grammed

(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for programme

see program.



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

programme in Science



A organized system of instructions and data interpreted by a computer. Programming instructions are often referred to as code. See more at source code. See also programming language.
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programme in Culture


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.

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