programmepro‧gramme1 British English, program American English /ˈprəʊɡræm $ ˈproʊ-/ ●●●S1W1 noun [countable]1planPPPPLAN a series of actions which are designed to achieve something importantthe US space programprogramme to do somethinga United Nations programme to control the spread of AIDSprogramme ofa programme of economic reforms2television/radioAMT something that you watch on television or listen to on the radioWhat’s your favourite television programme?news and current affairs programmesprogramme about/onThere’s a programme about killer whales next.see/watch a programme3educationSE American English a course of studyStanford University’s MBA programa research program4improvements actions that have been planned to keep something in good condition or improve somethinga new fitness programme5play/concertAP a small book or piece of paper that gives information about a play, concert etc and who the performers area theatre programme6list of eventsAPORDER/SEQUENCE a series of planned activities or events, or a list showing what order they will come inprogramme forWhat’s the programme for tomorrow?programme ofa programme of exhibitions throughout the year► see thesaurus at plan7machineTEEMACHINEORDER/SEQUENCE a series of actions done in a particular order by a machine such as a washing machineThe 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 serioussubject, 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 imaginarystory 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 sometimespictures 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.
programmeprogramme2 British English, program American English verb [transitive]1TEEto set a machine to operate in a particular wayprogramme something to do somethingThe computers are programmed to search for key words and numbers. →program22 →be programmed3PLANto arrange for something to happen as part of a series of planned events or activitiesWhat’s programmed for this afternoon?→ See Verb table
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programme• Maternalnutrition may have an important influence on programming.• It would also run on the Javaprogramminglanguage.• In terms of programming, sports immediately comes to mind.• After wiring up the Xmastree lights and programming the computer, even managed the washing up!• The first programming to utilizeracemusic was aimed at attracting black listeners to a particular product.From King 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