Definition of programme in English:


(US program)


  • 1A set of related measures or activities with a particular long-term aim.

    ‘an extensive programme of reforms’
    ‘the British nuclear power programme’
    • ‘Treatment consists of a long-term programme of physical activity and, when necessary, anti-inflammatory drugs.’
    • ‘The program should provide long-term strategies to deal with weight problems you may have in the future.’
    • ‘Most other master's degree programs also require additional education before accepting applied degree holders.’
    • ‘The government is also expected to announce next week its after-school exercise program.’
    • ‘Planning and implementing a comprehensive program of premarital education in the congregation is not easy.’
    • ‘Another new feature allows prospective students to type their interests into a search engine that responds with related college programs.’
    • ‘Arizona teacher certificate programs do not provide any teachers for weekend Chinese schools.’
    • ‘The city has been offering three-day educational training programs to potential taxi drivers before they apply for a vocational license.’
    • ‘Iowa State has created a mentoring program for college students planning development careers.’
    • ‘The legislation would establish a certification program run by the state Department of Health.’
    • ‘The next step in developing a training program involves the delivery format.’
    • ‘The specific reform measures of the programme can be grouped under three broad headings.’
    • ‘Community-based education programs are designed by local citizens for the good of the community.’
    • ‘The production will be accompanied by an extensive outreach program aimed at secondary school students and community groups.’
    • ‘Because of the war, aid workers have frequently had to evacuate their posts, making it difficult to establish any long-term programs.’
    • ‘What were the challenges you faced in getting the two-way bilingual immersion program going?’
    • ‘The Center sponsors an educational outreach program in neighboring high schools and elementary schools and 32 national sites.’
    • ‘The success of a church is not measured by its membership, physical assets, programmes or activities.’
    • ‘Nascar has started an internship program geared toward minority college students.’
    • ‘These constraints have made it difficult for staff to reach the rural populace they aim to serve through training programs and related activities.’
    scheme, plan, plan of action, initiative, series of measures, project, strategy, solution
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    1. 1.1 A planned series of future events or performances.
      ‘a weekly programme of films’
      ‘the programme includes Dvořák's New World symphony’
      • ‘A top band has been lined up again this year and all the old attractions are to be included in a great programme of events as in the former years.’
      • ‘This year we have a programme of exhibition already planned for the rest of the year.’
      • ‘The programme at the picnic included competitions - foot races, three legged races, and Blind Man's Buff.’
      • ‘Their programs include performances, tours and workshops that allow musicians to hone their skills and showcase their talents to the general public.’
      • ‘A programme of social events is now being planned over the next eight months to pay for Victorian-style lamps to be installed along the seawall footpaths.’
      • ‘Villagers plan a programme of events beginning next month which will run late into the autumn.’
      • ‘The other events include debate, cultural programmes and lectures.’
      • ‘A programme of events are planned that will appeal to the whole family.’
      • ‘As a part of the festival, bird-watching tours, a fishermen exhibition, boat race and a series of cultural programmes are being planned.’
      • ‘This is a very exciting addition to the programme and performances are planned for Christmas and June 2003.’
      • ‘Planning the programme for this event is a big undertaking and the dedicated workers are each endeavouring to make it a real success.’
      • ‘An Advent programme is being planned for the coming weeks with a special Youth Mass being organised for Advent.’
      • ‘A whole series of programmes are being planned to promote awareness.’
      • ‘The Royal Cliff Beach resort also has an extensive program of recreational activities available throughout the week.’
      • ‘Future plans and programmes were discussed at the gathering.’
      • ‘The project aims to improve educational opportunities and create a programme of activities targeted towards specific audiences.’
      • ‘There is a full programme of events planned when all classes take part in nativity plays and parents and friends are invited to attend.’
      • ‘Raymond Otto, from Soweto, visited the school last Friday as part of a weekly programme of events looking at performing arts.’
      • ‘They have put together a programme of events which includes a free barbecue, a Tug of War competition and a rodeo bull.’
      • ‘An extensive programme of activities will be put on to promote physical development and make a positive impact on the health of residents of the borough.’
      schedule, agenda, calendar, timetable
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  • 2A series of coded software instructions to control the operation of a computer or other machine.

    • ‘Processing power, therefore, is increasingly determined by software that compiles computer programs into machine code.’
    • ‘Computer software programs offer the potential for increased accuracy and precision in data analysis.’
    • ‘Computer software programs are improved and developed to the extent they can be shared and adapted.’
    • ‘Computer programs have been developed to assist children with learning disability.’
    • ‘Largely distributed by organised cyber theft groups, keyloggers are typically packaged with phishing emails or spyware programs.’
    • ‘Within three years, it figures a quarter of its models will be smartphones that sport advanced software and run programs just like a computer.’
    • ‘There are many spyware/malware programs out there that fall into a category called ‘dialers’.’
    • ‘In order to use FTP, you'll need to download and install a software program on your computer.’
    • ‘His criminal burgling of computer software programs was legendary.’
    • ‘The visual form of data from a computer program is received and stored in a database.’
    • ‘However, many laboratory and computer software programs continue to express results as percentages of predicted normal values.’
    • ‘When we code a computer program, we do not rewrite the entire thing every time something fails to work.’
    • ‘In this case ‘literary works’ covers most computer programs and databases.’
    • ‘The code then downloads spyware programs to surfers' PCs, including one that steals credit card numbers and other forms of financial information.’
    • ‘However, the draft now allows for direct software patentability of computer programs, data structures and process descriptions.’
    • ‘The technologies we now use are an outgrowth of early, computerized information retrieval programs.’
    • ‘Most people don't comprehend that a spreadsheet is a computer program in and of itself.’
    • ‘Computer software programs are available to help with this task.’
    • ‘Previously, businesses needed different software programs for each computer model.’
    • ‘The sharpest increase is expected to occur among workers who design software programs or develop computer databases.’
    program, software, routine, use
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  • 3A presentation or item on television or radio, especially one broadcast regularly between stated times.

    ‘a nature programme’
    • ‘To survive, a commercial broadcaster must produce programmes that audiences want.’
    • ‘Many Albanians speak Italian because Italian television programs are broadcast in Albania.’
    • ‘BBC Radio 2 broadcast a programme devoted to this particular concert earlier this year.’
    • ‘Malls were full of red and white decorations and even TV stations broadcast special programs for the occasion.’
    • ‘Television programmes, radio talk shows and even online magazines are the results of a lot of hard work.’
    • ‘The 25-year-old tells us his next project is filming one of a series of three half-hour programmes, which are likely to be aired on ITV1.’
    • ‘So if you tune into the radio station this week, we will give you all the details about the programmes and the times they will be broadcast.’
    • ‘In this business to broadcast 4,000 programmes on the same radio station is a remarkable achievement.’
    • ‘Some of the BBC network business programmes will also broadcast from Belfast on 7 November.’
    • ‘Most talk radio programs follow a rough script that has become familiar to audiences.’
    • ‘Television programmes broadcast debates between pro- and anti-democracy analysts.’
    • ‘The programmes look in detail at the story behind this famous race, with York as a focal point.’
    • ‘It is planned to screen the programme in early spring, possibly as a two-parter.’
    • ‘BBC World Service broadcasts programmes around the world in 43 languages and is available on radio and online.’
    • ‘Child Rescue Alert, which interrupts television and radio programmes with newsflashes that a child has been snatched and is at risk of serious harm, will go live early in the new year.’
    • ‘Election broadcasts and political television programmes are where general elections are won and lost.’
    • ‘The programmes broadcast on BBC 101.6 FM range from health and sport to business and music.’
    • ‘Channel 4 said that it was also planning a series of special programmes.’
    • ‘Another unique feature is TiVo's ability to allow you to actually pause and rewind live television broadcast programs.’
    • ‘Television and radio programmes, especially talk shows, did a great deal to inflame the public.’
    broadcast, production, show, presentation, transmission, performance, telecast, simulcast, videocast, podcast
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    1. 3.1dated A radio or television channel.
  • 4A sheet or booklet giving details of items or performers at an event or performance.

    ‘a theatre programme’
    • ‘Everything from a giant City shirt, the two penalty spots, changing room pegs, turnstiles, team sheets and signed programmes will be available.’
    • ‘The arrangements of two Asian cultural events planned for Sunday were changed after the festival programme was printed.’
    • ‘Team sheets, signed programmes and a players' treatment table from the 1930s will also be up for grabs.’
    • ‘There are 14 races, each outlined in impenetrable statistical detail in the official programme.’
    • ‘Even at this stage of the season the excuses are plentiful, and a number of them were detailed in the programme.’
    • ‘‘Finding all those programmes, letters and sheet music brought back so many memories,’ she says.’
    • ‘Painton dwells briefly on the possible symbolism of rose windows and details typical decorative programmes.’
    guide, list of artistes, list of performers, list of players
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[with object]
  • 1Provide (a computer or other machine) with coded instructions for the automatic performance of a task.

    ‘it is a simple matter to program the computer to recognize such symbols’
    • ‘Today's slot machines are programmed by computer to continually select a series of numbers at random, whether the machine is being played or not.’
    • ‘At about the same time I taught myself how to write machine code and programmed music on my Commodore 64.’
    • ‘Such games hint at how best to program a quantum computer.’
    • ‘This time he programmed his computer to blare loud music directly into his ears, jolting him awake just minutes before Zechariah started to stir.’
    • ‘We had spent the last hour and a half trying to program our computer to make pretty patterns but all we got was a line, a squiggle and crashing computers.’
    • ‘The machine is programmed to shut down automatically after six hours of non-stop operation.’
    • ‘Those who established the business, programmed the computer or were party to it clearly had a real interest in the venture becoming and continuing to be successful.’
    • ‘The machine is programmed so the pads oil a specific length before they stop.’
    • ‘During the summer of 1952 she worked for the National Bureau of Standards, learning to program an early computer.’
    • ‘Most search engines are not programmed to read graphics but instead look for text.’
    • ‘Smith walks over to a computer and punches in numbers to program the machine to cut receivers.’
    • ‘One week he sat a computing test and the next week he was programming computers.’
    • ‘Computers could be programmed to try multiple different phrases or spammers could hire people to manually create accounts.’
    • ‘In a DOS attack, a hacker programs a computer, or group of computers, to repeatedly call up a web site, perhaps thousands of times a second.’
    • ‘The computer was programmed to provide specific responses based upon key words entered.’
    • ‘By the time he was thirty, he was programming computers.’
    • ‘You can program a computer to simulate a thunderstorm but it's still just that - a simulation.’
    • ‘Computers are also programmed to throw up details of cars that seem to have a lot of different drivers.’
    • ‘Simply put, if a computer programmed by people learns the contents of a communication, and takes action based on what it learns, it invades privacy.’
    • ‘Therefore, quantum computers can be programmed in a qualitatively new way.’
    1. 1.1no object Write computer programs.
      ‘I've programmed for 25 years and have used many languages’
      • ‘He's been in the industry for six years, working mainly on console games, though programming since the age of 11.’
      • ‘When I was programming in the early '80s, Microsoft had a stable operating system on which free competition existed.’
      • ‘Being now middle-aged, I've reached the point of "Senior Architect" who's been programming for 25 + years.’
      • ‘Len Kaplan has been programming since small computers were the size of refrigerators.’
      • ‘Ferrell's team was more accustomed to programming in Microsoft's Visual Basic.’
      • ‘As an independent contractor and software developer, she's been programming for 20 years and self-employed for last 13.’
      • ‘I programmed for 2 days straight.’
      • ‘He's been programming in C + + for the past 12 years and can't believe how bad his first lines of C + + actually were.’
      • ‘I've been programming in mod perl for several years.’
      • ‘The LAN folks programmed in Perl themselves.’
      • ‘Well, I'd been programming for a while on a little Atari computer but I can't play guitar or piano or anything.’
      • ‘I've been programming for something like 15 years now.’
      • ‘For a long time I have been programming in Visual Basic, and the challenge of creating web pages in HTML, CSS, DOM, PHP & MySQL, and Javascript was irresistible once I was on the Internet.’
      • ‘Benjamin lives in Basel, Switzerland, with his wife and baby daughter, where in addition to scribbling fiction and poetry, he programs in Java (well) and plays rugby (not very well).’
      • ‘Like all good hackers, I have been programming since junior high, using my dad's account on the University of New Mexico IBM 360 mainframe.’
      • ‘I programmed in Basic at age 8 and owned a few computers and tech toys.’
    2. 1.2 Input (instructions for the automatic performance of a task) into a computer or other machine.
      ‘simply program in your desired volume level’
      • ‘People are used to point and click, not having to program in a time and channel to get something to record.’
      • ‘What's new is a technique which lets ordinary card users program in their own spending parameters.’
      • ‘BT buildings already have touchdown centres in most major cities, where people can program in their own phone number and plug in their laptop.’
      • ‘By the way, you can also use this service to program in all those anniversaries that you tend to forget as well!’
      set, fix, arrange
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    3. 1.3 Cause (a person or animal) to behave in a predetermined way.
      ‘all members of a species are programmed to build nests in the same way’
      • ‘Blotter made a show of biting her knuckles and growing pale, as she was programmed to do in tense situations.’
      • ‘A man is biologically programmed to woo his mate and women are programmed to be wooed.’
      • ‘I think we are genetically programmed to be fearful of BMW drivers in the same way that we are programmed to be just a little bit frightened of Scottish people in pub lavatories.’
      • ‘Our bodies are biologically programmed to gather weight, to hold onto it.’
      • ‘We're even programmed to feel we can question - but only in context.’
      • ‘I don't think I am programmed to churn out a song in 30 seconds.’
      • ‘In essence, we are actually programmed to become literate.’
      • ‘We are programmed to want more and achieve more.’
      • ‘I had penetrated the inner sanctum, an act that I had been biologically programmed to perform.’
      • ‘It merely elevates feelings we are already programmed to feel - but in a way that might both heal illness and give pleasure.’
      • ‘Well, we are not programmed to take pills if we start to feel good.’
      • ‘Brought up on the sea trout rivers of West Wales I was programmed to be pleased by big water.’
      • ‘Maybe she was programmed to respond to a verbal cue.’
      • ‘We respond positively to baby animals because we're programmed to find big heads and big eyes cute.’
      • ‘If you tell me we are evolutionarily ‘programmed’ to obey conscience I answer that we are evolutionarily programmed to reproduce.’
      • ‘We're programmed to get somewhere, to make something of ourselves - or at least to look like it.’
      • ‘As part of that instinct, we're also programmed to prefer energy-dense foods like sugar and fat.’
      • ‘He is programmed to love - but not to cope with rejection.’
      • ‘I was programmed to catch his hands and not to leave him.’
      • ‘I am programmed to behave, not taught to behave.’
  • 2Arrange according to a plan or schedule.

    ‘we learn how to programme our own lives’
    arrange, organize, schedule, plan, map out, lay out, timetable, line up, prearrange
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    1. 2.1 Schedule (an item) within a plan.
      ‘the next stage of the treaty is programmed for next year’
      • ‘While the renovation takes place, he will be programming events in other venues, such as council-run schools outwith the city.’
      • ‘The company consistently programs the wrong kind of plays for such a space.’
  • 3US Broadcast (an item)

    ‘the station does not program enough contemporary works’
    • ‘In this view, networks, from the beginning of television time should have programmed lots of prime-time game shows.’
    • ‘After one disastrous season, many of the stations that programmed the show asked to be let out of their two-year guarantees.’


  • get with the programme

    • informal often in imperativeDo what is expected of one; adopt the prevailing viewpoint.

      ‘come on you guys—get with the programme!’
      • ‘I'm surprised it took them so long to get with the program.’
      • ‘When someone reports something that does not conform to their worldview, that report has to be buried and that someone has to be replaced with someone who can get with the program.’
      • ‘Bureaucrats who won't get with the program should be weeded out.’
      • ‘Let's hope someone up top gets with the program.’
      • ‘With the idea it is time to get with the program, here are some things I'd like to see news organizations do.’
      • ‘Well, if I sit with them, I'm never going to be able to look at my script and get with the program.’
      • ‘So let's stop trying to please them, and get with the program of what most Americans really care about.’
      • ‘On that matter, at least, Riordan got with the program: ‘I know nothing about it.’’
      • ‘This is the way it is, boys and girls, and while I'm not thrilled, I think it's long past time that Democrats got with the program.’
      • ‘So, maybe slow-speaking academics need to get with the program.’


Early 17th century (in the sense ‘written notice’): via late Latin from Greek programma, from prographein ‘write publicly’, from pro ‘before’ + graphein ‘write’.