Pronunciation: (prō'gram, -grum),[key] —n., v.,-grammed or -gramed, -gram•ming or -gram•ing.
—n. 1. a plan of action to accomplish a specified end: a school lunch program. 2. a plan or schedule of activities, procedures, etc., to be followed.
3. a radio or television performance or production.
4. a list of items, pieces, performers, etc., in a musical, theatrical, or other entertainment.
5. an entertainment with reference to its pieces or numbers: a program of American and French music. 6. 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. 7. a prospectus or syllabus: a program of courses being offered. 8. Computers. a. a systematic plan for the automatic solution of a problem by a computer.
b. the precise sequence of instructions enabling a computer to solve a problem.
—v.t. 1. to schedule as part of a program.
2. Computers.to prepare a program for.
3. to insert or encode specific operating instructions into (a machine or apparatus): We'll program the bells to ring at ten-minute intervals. 4. to insert (instructions) into a machine or apparatus: An automatic release has been programmed into the lock as a safety feature. 5. to cause to absorb or incorporate automatic responses, attitudes, or the like; condition: Our parents programmed us to respect our elders. 6. to set, regulate, or modify so as to produce a specific response or reaction: Program your eating habits to eliminate sweets.
—v.i. to plan or write a program. Also,esp. Brit.,pro'gramme.