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(1)   A performance (or series of performances) at a public presentation
"The program lasted more than two hours"
(2)   A series of steps to be carried out or goals to be accomplished
"They drew up a six-step plan"
"They discussed plans for a new bond issue"
(3)   A system of projects or services intended to meet a public need
"He proposed an elaborate program of public works"
"Working mothers rely on the day care program"
(4)   A document stating the aims and principles of a political party
"Their candidate simply ignored the party platform"
"They won the election even though they offered no positive program"
(5)   (computer science) a sequence of instructions that a computer can interpret and execute
"The program required several hundred lines of code"
(6)   A radio or television show
"Did you see his program last night?"
(7)   An integrated course of academic studies
"He was admitted to a new program at the university"
(8)   An announcement of the events that will occur as part of a theatrical or sporting event
"You can't tell the players without a program"


(9)   Arrange a program of or for
"Program the 80th birthday party"
(10)   Write a computer program


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  1. A set of structured activities.
    • Our program for today’s exercise class includes swimming and jogging.
  2. A leaflet listing information about a play, game or other activity.
    • The program consisted of ads for restaurants and the credits of everyone connected with the play.
  3. A performance of a show or other broadcast on radio or television.
    • Tonight’s program was hosted by Johnny Carson.
  4. : A software application, or a collection of software applications, designed to perform a specific task.
    • The program runs on both Linux and Microsoft Windows.
  5. A particular mindset or method of doing things.
    • Come on, John, why don’t you get with the program and tell him where the detonators are? – Ellis in the movie Die Hard.


  1. To enter a program or other instructions into a computer (or other electronic device) to instruct it to do a particular task.
    • He programmed the DVR to record his favorite show.
  2. To put together the schedule of an event.
    • Mary will program Tuesday’s festivities.


  1. program (set of activities)
  2. program (for theater or TV)
  3. program
  4. agenda (of a meeting)