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Definition of program verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they program
    he / she / it programs
    past simple programmedprogramed
    -ing form programmingprograming
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] (computing) to give a computer, etc. a set of instructions to make it perform a particular task In this class, students will learn how to program. program something (to do something) The computer is programmed to warn users before information is deleted.
  2. machine
  3. 2[transitive] program something (to do something) to give a machine instructions to do a particular task She programmed the oven to come on at eight.
  4. plan
  5. 3[transitive, usually passive] program something (for something) to plan for something to happen, especially as part of a series of planned events The final section of road is programmed for completion next month.
  6. person/animal
  7. 4[transitive, usually passive] program somebody/something to do something to make a person, an animal, etc. behave in a particular way, so that it happens automatically Human beings are genetically programmed to learn certain kinds of language.
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