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pro•gram



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.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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