From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishprogrammepro‧gramme1 British English, program American English /ˈprəʊɡræm $ ˈproʊ-/ ●●● S1 W1 noun [countable] 1 planPPPPLAN a series of actions which are designed to achieve something important the US space programprogramme to do something a United Nations programme to control the spread of AIDSprogramme of a programme of economic reforms2 television/radioAMT something that you watch on television or listen to on the radio What’s your favourite television programme? news and current affairs programmesprogramme about/on There’s a programme about killer whales next.see/watch a programme3 educationSE American English a course of study Stanford University’s MBA program a research program4 improvements actions that have been planned to keep something in good condition or improve something a new fitness programme5 play/concertAP 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 eventsAPORDER/SEQUENCE a series of planned activities or events, or a list showing what order they will come inprogramme for What’s the programme for tomorrow?programme of a programme of exhibitions throughout the year► see thesaurus at plan7 machineTEEMACHINEORDER/SEQUENCE 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 → program1COLLOCATIONS – Meaning 1: a series of actions which are designed to achieve something importantADJECTIVES/NOUN + programmean economic programmeThe party did not have a clear economic programme.a development programmeThis project is a central part of the development programme for the area.a reform programmeAfter the elections, they embarked on an ambitious reform programme.an expansion programmeThe company’s aggressive expansion program will double the size of the chain in the next four years.a building programmeWe will continue with our hospital building programme.a spending programmeThe 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 programmeA major programme of modernisation is transforming public transport in London.an ambitious programmeThe European Community embarked on an ambitious programme of research.verbsembark 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. THESAURUSprogramme British English, program American English /ˈprəʊɡræm/ something that you watch on television, or listen to on the radioWhat’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 etca late-night talk showgame showsShe hosts a weekly call-in radio show called ‘Got a question?’documentary /ˌdɒkjɑˈmentəri◂ $ ˌdɑːk-/ a programme that gives you facts and information about a serious subject, such as history, science, or social problemsa documentary about homeless peoplea 50-minute television documentarysoap opera/soap /ˈsəʊp ˌɒpərə $ -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 yearsthe Australian soap opera ‘Neighbours’the huge success of television soapssitcom /ˈsɪtkɒm $ -kɑːm/ an amusing programme in which there is a different story each week about the same group of peoplethe 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 monthsthe 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 InternetUniversities may record and broadcast some lectures as webcasts.podcast a file of recorded sound and sometimes pictures that you can download from the InternetThe interview is available as a podcast. COLLOCATIONS – Meaning 2: something that you watch on television or listen to on the radioNOUN + programmea television programme (also a TV programme informal)There aren't many good TV programmes on an the moment.a radio programmeI was once interviewed for a radio programme.a cookery/wildlife/news etc programmeMore and more people are watching cookery programmes on TV.verbswatch a programmeShe was watching a wildlife programme.see a programmeDid you see that programme last night about crocodiles?listen to a programmeA lot of people listen to that programme on the way to work.hear a programmeI 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 programmeI was invited to appear on a TV programme.
Examples from the Corpusprogramme• The government has launched a programme to help unemployed young people find work.• The irrigation project is part of a programme of aid to West Africa.• This was slightly less than earlier forecasts to which the Government had responded by announcing a major prison-building programme.• Obviously, the prison building programme is based on the fear that violent crime particularly, is out of control.• Who is organizing the conference programme?• And a phone-in programme on a local radio station produced a deluge of anti-Clough callers.• It gave liberalism its programme and its technique of revolution.• a daily news programme aimed at teenagers• Because of bad weather, our programme of events has had to be changed slightly.• A similar programme for sculpture should soon be available.• Did you see that programme about cricket on TV last night?• Leading bankers voiced enthusiasm for the programme.• First on the programme is a speech by the organizer, Mrs Jenkins.• You inform by making sure that the programme is not just froth and bubble, that it has genuine body.• The implementation of this programme requires many concrete steps.programme to do something• Other reports in March stressed the need for a crash immunization programme to ward off the threat of epidemics.• An emergency jobs programme to reduce it should be the main battleground.• All such measures should be presented as part of a thought-out programme to recast the welfare state.• It is true that a country does not need a nuclear power programme to be able to build a nuclear weapon.• Are you planning a follow-up to today's programme to give Calder a chance to respond to any letters that come in?• The possibility that a series of bad tests might cause the programme to be reconsidered no longer exists.• But having been called and commissioned, we should expect the programme to take shape.• A user survey of recently completed diaphragm wall projects is part of the programme to provide feedback.see/watch a programme• I stop a bit and watch a programme through the window.• You can do more than just watch a programme once, straight through.• I remember seen a programme where the underwater shots of hippopotami showed numerous fish feeding on their leftovers.• Usable answers 1 Whenever Keith has been good for a day Mr Smith should watch a programme on the television with him. programmeprogramme2 British English, program American English verb [transitive] 1 TEEto set a machine to operate in a particular wayprogramme something to do something The computers are programmed to search for key words and numbers. → program22 → be programmed3 PLANto arrange for something to happen as part of a series of planned events or activities What’s programmed for this afternoon?→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusprogramme• Maternal nutrition may have an important influence on programming.• It would also run on the Java programming language.• In terms of programming, sports immediately comes to mind.• After wiring up the Xmas tree lights and programming the computer, even managed the washing up!• The first programming to utilize race music was aimed at attracting black listeners to a particular product.From Longman Business Dictionaryprogrammepro‧gramme1 /ˈprəʊgræmˈproʊ-/ British English, program American English noun [countable]1an important plan that will be continued over a period of timeThe airline is halfway through an expansion programme.The commission is in favour of the auto investment programs.2a television or radio showthe main satellite used to broadcast programmes into Latin Americaprogrammeprogramme2 British English, program American English verb (programmed, programming) [transitive]1to set a machine to work in a particular wayThe system can be programmed to shut off the engine or stop it from restarting once the car is parked.2to arrange for something to happen as part of a series of planned events or activitiesCable TV operators generally agree that a well-programmed comedy network is an attractive asset.→ See Verb table