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re- +‎ program


reprogram (third-person singular simple present reprograms, present participle reprogramming or reprograming, simple past and past participle reprogrammed or reprogramed)

  1. (transitive, computing) To program anew or differently.
    • 2003, Andrew Huang, Hacking the Xbox: an introduction to reverse engineering
      Installing a new hard drive would require a modchip that can reprogram or bypass the hard drive lock.
  2. (transitive, by extension) To make a fundamental change to the behaviour or habits of.
  3. (government) To shift funds appropriated for one government program to a different government program.
    • 1993, Diane Publishing Company, Defense Conversion: Redirecting R & D, page 110:
      Technically, DOE did not need authority to reprogram the funds as long as the spending didn't span different appropriation line items.
    • 1976, Gerald R. Ford, Special Message to the Congress Reporting on Budget Decisions and Referrals, in Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Gerald R. Ford (1979), page 2097:
      This deferral is reported to give Congress time to consider a request to reprogram the funds.