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Program vs. Programme: Know the Difference

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By Shumaila Saeed || Updated on December 25, 2023
"Program" is primarily used in American English to refer to a set of activities or a software code, while "Programme" is the British English equivalent used in similar contexts.
Program vs. Programme

Key Differences

Both "Program" and "Programme" originated from the Greek word "programma," which means a written notice. "Program" is the preferred spelling in American English, while "Programme" is used in British English. Both words convey similar meanings but differ in regional usage.
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In American English, "Program" is used in all contexts, including computing and entertainment. In British English, "Programme" is used when referring to a television show, a planned series of events, or a booklet outlining these events. However, even in British English, "Program" is used when referring to computer software.
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The adaptation of "Program" in American English signifies a broader evolution in language simplification, where extraneous letters are often dropped. "Programme," retaining its original form in British English, reflects a more traditional approach to language.
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With the global influence of American media and technology, "Program" is becoming more universally recognized, especially in the context of software and online content. "Programme" still holds strong in British-influenced regions for non-technological references.
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Spelling

Shorter, without the extra 'me'
Longer, with the 'me' at the end
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Usage in Computing

Always "Program" for software code
"Program" for software, not "Programme"
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Usage in Entertainment

"Program" for TV shows, events
"Programme" for TV shows, events
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Usage in Official Documents

"Program" for plans, agendas
"Programme" for plans, agendas
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Adaptation and Globalization

More adaptive to global language changes
More traditional, less influenced globally
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Program and Programme Definitions

Program

A planned sequence of activities or performances.
The theater's program includes several Broadway plays.
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Programme

A lineup of activities or performances.
The festival's programme features artists from around the world.
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Program

Material prepared for television or radio.
My favorite program airs tonight at 8 PM.
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Programme

A printed schedule or outline of events.
The concert programme includes notes about the composers.
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Program

A structured course of study.
She enrolled in a graduate program in psychology.
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Programme

A structured educational or training schedule.
He's completing a training programme in carpentry.
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Program

An organized plan or policy.
The government launched a health program for rural areas.
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Programme

An organized initiative or strategy.
The new educational programme aims to improve literacy.
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Program

A listing of the order of events and other pertinent information for a public presentation.
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Programme

Variant of program.
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Program

The presentation itself
A program of piano pieces.
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Programme

Standard spelling of program
Our programme for today’s exercise class includes swimming and jogging.
The programme about Greek architecture starts at 9:00 on Channel 4.
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Program

A scheduled radio or television show.
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Programme

Alternative spelling of program
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Program

An ordered list of events to take place or procedures to be followed; a schedule
A program of physical therapy for a convalescent.
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Programme

Standard spelling of program
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Program

A system of services, opportunities, or projects, usually designed to meet a social need
"Working parents rely on the center's after-school latchkey program" (New York Times).
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Programme

That which is written or printed as a public notice or advertisement; a scheme; a prospectus; especially, a brief outline or explanation of the order to be pursued, or the subjects embraced, in any public exercise, performance, or entertainment; a preliminary sketch.
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Program

A course of academic study; a curriculum.
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Programme

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
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Program

A plan or system of academic and related or ancillary activities
A work-study program.
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Programme

An integrated course of academic studies;
He was admitted to a new program at the university
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Program

A plan or system of nonacademic extracurricular activities
The football program.
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Programme

A radio or television show;
Did you see his program last night?
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Program

A set of coded instructions that enables a machine, especially a computer, to perform a desired sequence of operations.
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Programme

(computer science) a sequence of instructions that a computer can interpret and execute;
The program required several hundred lines of code
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Program

An instruction sequence in programmed instruction.
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Programme

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
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Program

All or part of the genetic code of a cell or organism.
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Programme

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
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Program

A characteristic sequence of developmental or behavioral events in a cell or organism, often considered to result from the expression of genes.
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Programme

A performance (or series of performances) at a public presentation;
The program lasted more than two hours
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Program

A stimulus or training sequence that causes an organism to exhibit a behavior, as by conditioning.
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Programme

Write a computer program
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Program

To include or schedule in a program
Program a new musical composition.
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Programme

Arrange a program of or for;
Program the 80th birthday party
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Program

To design a program for; schedule the activities of.
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Programme

A scheduled broadcast on TV or radio.
The documentary programme won several awards.
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Program

To provide (a machine) with a set of coded working instructions.
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Program

To stimulate or train to perform automatically in a specified way
Consumers who have been programmed to buy brand names.
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Program

To prepare an instructional sequence for (material to be taught) in programmed instruction.
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Program

To provide (a cell or organism, for example) with a genetic program
Cells that are programmed to produce insulin.
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Program

To cause (an effect or action) by means of a genetic program; determine genetically
"The basic housekeeping duties that a human and a yeast cell must perform are the same and are programmed by recognizably similar genes inherited from a common, single-celled ancestor" (Nicholas Wade).
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Program

A set of structured activities.
Our program for today’s exercise class includes swimming and jogging.
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Program

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.
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Program

(politics) A set of principle goals which are supported by a political party or individual candidate
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Program

(broadcasting) A performance of a show or other broadcast on radio or television.
Tonight’s program was hosted by Johnny Carson.
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Program

(computing) A software application, or a collection of software applications, designed to perform a specific task.
The program runs on both Linux and Microsoft Windows.
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Program

A particular mindset or method of doing things.
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Program

(transitive) 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.
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Program

(transitive) To develop (software) by writing program code.
I programmed a small game as a demonstration.
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Program

(transitive) To put together the schedule of an event.
Mary will program Tuesday’s festivities.
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Program

(broadcasting) To schedule the programming; to determine what will be broadcast.
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Program

(transitive) To cause to automatically behave in a particular way.
The lab rat was programmed to press the lever when the bell rang.
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Program

Same as Programme.
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Program

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
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Program

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
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Program

(computer science) a sequence of instructions that a computer can interpret and execute;
The program required several hundred lines of code
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Program

An integrated course of academic studies;
He was admitted to a new program at the university
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Program

A radio or television show;
Did you see his program last night?
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Program

A performance (or series of performances) at a public presentation;
The program lasted more than two hours
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Program

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
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Program

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
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Program

Arrange a program of or for;
Program the 80th birthday party
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Program

Write a computer program
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Program

A set of instructions written for computers.
The new antivirus program protects against malware.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

Can "programme" refer to a computer application in the UK?

No, "program" is the term used for computer applications, even in the UK.
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Does "programme" have a different pronunciation than "program"?

No, both are pronounced the same.
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Are these terms used in other English-speaking countries?

Yes, but the usage aligns with either American or British English, depending on the country's influence.
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Is "programme" ever used in American English?

It's very rare and usually considered a Britishism.
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Is "program" used in British English?

"Program" is used in British English, but primarily for computer software.
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Do both terms have the same origin?

Yes, both originate from the Greek word "programma."
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Can "program" be used for a TV show in the US?

Yes, "program" is used for TV shows in American English.
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Has the usage of these terms evolved over time?

Yes, especially with the global influence of American English, the term "program" has become more widespread.
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In the context of government initiatives, which term is preferred in the UK?

"Programme" is generally preferred in the UK for government and organizational plans.
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Are "program" and "programme" interchangeable in event planning?

In American English, only "program" is used, while in British English, "programme" is preferred for events.
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Do educational courses use different terms in the US and UK?

Yes, the US uses "program," while the UK may use "programme."
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Are there any contexts where both terms are equally acceptable?

In the context of computer software, "program" is universally accepted.
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Can "programme" be a verb in British English?

No, "program" is the verb form in both American and British English.
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Is the spelling "programme" considered incorrect in the US?

Yes, it's typically considered a British spelling and not commonly used in the US.
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Is "program" used for printed event schedules in the US?

Yes, "program" is used for both the event itself and its printed schedule in the US.
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Can "programme" be used in a technological context in the UK?

Only "program" is used for technology and software, regardless of the region.
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How does the media influence the usage of these terms?

American media tends to promote the use of "program," influencing its global usage.
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Do dictionaries list both spellings?

Yes, but they usually specify the regional usage of each.
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Are these terms used in legal contexts?

Yes, but the choice of term depends on the regional language norms.
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Can "programme" be used for an educational syllabus in the UK?

Yes, "programme" is often used for educational courses in the UK.
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