programpro‧gram1 /ˈprəʊɡræm $ ˈproʊ-/ ●●●W1 noun [countable]1TDa set of instructions given to a computer to make it perform an operationa word-processing program2XXthe Americanspelling of programmeCOLLOCATIONSADJECTIVES/NOUN + programa computer programThe pictures were generated by a computer program.a software programa software program that aids in website designa 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 programYou should update your anti-virus program regularly.verbswrite a programThey learned how to write their own programs.run a programYou have to input this information every time you run the program.use a programThe 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 programYou can download the program and use it free of charge for 90 days.
programprogram2 verb (programmed, programming) [transitive]1TDto give a computer a set of instructions that it can use to perform a particular operationprogram something to do somethingattempts to program computers to produce and understand speechAny large high-speed computer can be programmed to learn.2XXthe American spelling of programme →programmer→ See Verb table
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program• Hal spends most of his time programming.• Java is a programminglanguage that Sununveiled last year.• It would also run on the Java programming language.• The computers have been programmed to automatically save whatever you're working on.• His most strikingproposition to the layreader is that humanbeings are genetically programmed to learncertainkinds of language.• The orchestraprograms very little music by livingcomposers.• Perhaps the most important change in Netscape Version 2 is its ability to run programs written in the Java programming language.program something to do something• I've programmed the VCR torecord the 9 o'clock movie.From King Business Dictionaryprogrampro‧gram1 /ˈprəʊgræmˈproʊ-/ noun [countable]1COMPUTING (also computer program) a set of instructions used to make a computer perform a particular taskSYNSOFTWAREa maker of database programsYou can download the program from their website. →application program2American English an important plan that will be continued over a period of timeSYNPROGRAMME BrEThe commission is in favour of the auto investment programs. →change program →employee assistance program →employee referral program →wellness programprogramprogram2 verb (programmed, programming) [transitive]1COMPUTING to put a set of instructions into a computer or other machine to make it perform a particular taskprogram something to do somethingThe computer is programmed to calculate the likely loss of revenue in various imaginary situations.2the American spelling of PROGRAMME→ See Verb tableOriginprogram1(1600-1700)Frenchprogramme, from Greek, from prographein“to write before”