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program (n.)

1630s, "public notice," from Late Latin programma "proclamation, edict," from Greek programma "a written public notice," from stem of prographein "to write publicly," from pro "forth" (see pro-) + graphein "to write" (see -graphy).

 The meaning "written or printed list of pieces at a concert, playbill" is recorded by 1805 and retains the original sense. The sense of "broadcasting presentation" is from 1923.

The general sense of "a definite plan or scheme, method of operation or line of procedure prepared or announced beforehand" is recorded from 1837. The computer sense of "series of coded instructions which directs a computer in carrying out a specific task: is from 1945.

The sense of "objects or events suggested by music" is from 1854 (program music is attested by 1877). Spelling programme, established in Britain, is from French in modern use and began to be used early 19c., originally especially in the "playbill" sense.

program (v.)

1889, "write program notes" (a sense now obsolete); 1896 as "arrange according to program," from program (n.).

Of computers, "cause to be automatically regulated in a prescribed way" from 1945; this was extended to animals by 1963 in the figurative sense of "to train to behave in a predetermined way;" of humans by 1966. Related: Programmed; programming.

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Definitions of program from WordNet
1
program (n.)
a series of steps to be carried out or goals to be accomplished;
Synonyms: plan / programme
program (n.)
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
Synonyms: programme
program (n.)
a radio or television show;
did you see his program last night?
Synonyms: broadcast / programme
program (n.)
a document stating the aims and principles of a political party;
they won the election even though they offered no positive program
Synonyms: platform / political platform / political program
program (n.)
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
Synonyms: programme
program (n.)
an integrated course of academic studies;
he was admitted to a new program at the university
Synonyms: course of study / programme / curriculum / syllabus
program (n.)
(computer science) a sequence of instructions that a computer can interpret and execute;
the program required several hundred lines of code
Synonyms: programme / computer program / computer programme
program (n.)
a performance (or series of performances) at a public presentation;
the program lasted more than two hours
Synonyms: programme
2
program (v.)
arrange a program of or for;
program the 80th birthday party
Synonyms: programme
program (v.)
write a computer program;
Synonyms: programme
From wordnet.princeton.edu