Definition of programme noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (British English) (North American English program) noun
    BrE BrE//ˈprəʊɡræm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈproʊɡræm//
    Radio broadcasting, Exams and degrees, Live music, Study routes
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  1. 1  a plan of things that will be done or included in the development of something to launch a research programme a training programme for new staff a programme of economic reform
  2. on TV/radio
  3. 2  something that people watch on television or listen to on the radio a news programme Did you see that programme on India last night? What time is that programme on? Which programme do you want to watch? Wordfinderair, announce, bulletin, jingle, phone-in, podcast, programme, public service broadcasting, radio, station CollocationsTelevisionWatching watch television/​TV/​a show/(British English) a programme/(North American English) a program/​a documentary/​a pilot/​a rerun/​a repeat see (especially British English) an ad/(especially North American English) a commercial/​the news/​the weather catch/​miss a show/​a programme/​a program/​an episode/​the news pick up/​reach for/​grab the remote (control) change/​switch channel surf (through)/ (especially North American English) flip through/ (especially British English) flick through the channels sit in front of/​switch on/​switch off/​turn on/​turn off the television/​the TV/​the TV set have/​install satellite (TV)/cable (TV)/a satellite dishShowing show a programme/​a documentary/​an ad/​a commercial screen a programme/​a documentary run an ad/​a commercial broadcast/ (especially North American English) air/​repeat a show/​a programme/​a documentary/​an episode/​a series go out/​air/​be recorded live attract/​draw (in)/pull (in) viewers be a hit with viewers/​audiences/​critics get (low/​high) ratingsAppearing be on/​appear on television/​TV/​a TV show take part in a phone-in/​a game show/​a quiz show/​a reality TV show host a show/​a programme/​series/​a game show/​a quiz show/​a talk show/(British English) a chat show be/​become/​work as a/​an (British English) TV presenter/​talk-show host/​sports commentator/​anchorman/(British English) newsreader read/​present the news appear/​perform live (on TV)Programme-making do/​film/​make a show/​a programme/​a documentary/​an episode/​a pilot/​a series/​an ad/​a commercial work on a soap (opera)/a pilot (episode)/a sitcom write/​produce a drama/​sitcom/​spin-off/​comedy series Wordfinderchat show, documentary, drama, game show, news, programme, quiz, reality TV, sitcom, television See related entries: Radio broadcasting
  4. for play/concert
  5. 3  a thin book or a piece of paper that gives you information about a play, a concert, etc. a theatre programme Wordfinderaudience, auditorium, concert, interval, microphone, perform, programme, soloist, support, venue
  6. order of events
  7. 4  an organized order of performances or events synonym line-up an exciting musical programme a week-long programme of lectures What's the programme for (= what are we going to do) tomorrow? See related entries: Live music
  8. course of study
  9. 5(North American English) a course of study a school programme British/​Americancourse / program In British English course is used for a series of lessons or lectures on a particular subject:a physics course a course of ten lectures. In North American English you would say:a physics course/​program a program of ten lectures. In North American English a course is usually an individual unit that forms part of a longer period of study:I have to take a physics course/​class. This is called a module in Britain, especially in a college or university. In British English course can also mean a period of study at a college or university:a two-year college course. In North American English you would say:a two-year college program. See related entries: Exams and degrees, Study routes
  10. of machine
  11. 6a series of actions done by a machine, such as a washing machine Select a cool programme for woollen clothes.
  12. Word Originearly 17th cent. (in the sense ‘written notice’): via late Latin from Greek programma, from prographein ‘write publicly’, from pro ‘before’ + graphein ‘write’.Extra examples Female seals are needed for the breeding programme. He appeared on the programme last night. He is coordinating a Europe-wide research programme into treatments for prostate cancer. He must attend a sex offenders’ programme. Her name doesn’t appear in the concert programme. How is the programme to be financed? I saw a good programme on owls last night. In today’s programme, we’ll be giving you advice on how to manage your money. Mr Brown called for a national recovery programme. Renewed fighting disrupted the relief programme. She enrolled in a Master’s programme in American history She helped him get into a drug rehab programme. Support is provided through the community outreach programme. The college offers a wide variety of programmes of study. The company began a major cost-cutting programme which involved 1 700 job losses. The course leader outlined the programme we would be following. The foundation’s online learning programme brings the classroom to you. The government says it will scrap all of its nuclear programmes. The pilot programme of vaccination proved successful. The programme aims to increase employment. The programme of events also includes a parade and poetry recitations. We’re planning an exciting programme of activities. What’s on your programme today= What are your plans? What’s the programme for tomorrow? What’s the programme for= What are we going to do tomorrow? a community care programme for psychiatric patients a comprehensive programme of economic reform a diabetes treatment programme a graduate programme that focuses on a chosen profession a news programme hosted by Freddie Greenan a programme of 17th century music a residency programme for artists a residential drug treatment programme a two-year master’s programme a varied programme of entertainment an after-school science programme that promotes science literacy an exercise programme targeting those weak points joint programmes between government and industry large-scale screening programmes of newborns students enrolled on the two-year MA degree programme students in an accredited journalism programme She briefly outlined the programme. She presents a news programme on Channel 4. The new programme is designed to encourage investment in the region. The programme for economic reform floundered in the first few months. The university is to launch a new research programme. They are organizing a week-long programme of lectures. We have an exciting musical programme lined up for you. We urge as many people as possible to enrol on our management training programme. We were asked to devise a training programme for new employees.Idioms
    get with the programme (British English) (North American English get with the program)
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    (informal) (usually in orders) used to tell somebody that they should change their attitude and do what they are supposed to be doing