Program vs Lesson - What's the difference?

program | lesson |

As nouns the difference between program and lesson

is that program is program, programme while lesson is a section of learning or teaching into which a wider learning content is divided.

As a verb lesson is

to give a lesson to; to teach.



Alternative forms

* programme (see usage notes)


(en noun)
  • A set of structured activities.
  • :
  • A leaflet listing information about a play, game or other activity.
  • :
  • A performance of a show or other broadcast on radio or television.
  • :
  • (lb) A software application, or a collection of software applications, designed to perform a specific task.
  • :
  • A particular mindset or method of doing things.
  • *Ellis in the movie Die Hard
  • *:Come on, John, why don’t you get with the program and tell him where the detonators are?
  • Usage notes

    * Usage of program'' and ''programme : ** US: program is the only spelling normally used. ** UK: programme'' is used in all cases except for computer code, in which case ''program'' is generally used. Older sources may use ''programme for computer code. ** Canada: both program'' and ''programme'' are used, but ''programme is more common. ** Australia: program'' is endorsed by the Australian government, but ''programme is most common. ** New Zealand: programme'' is favoured by New Zealand dictionaries, and is endorsed by government usage; ''program is rarely seen outside the computing meaning.


    * (leaflet): playbill (for a play ) * (software application): application

    Derived terms

    * programme block * program counter * program evaluation and review technique * program guide * program music * program slicer * program trading


  • 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.
  • To develop (software) by writing program code.
  • I programmed a small game as a demonstration.
  • To put together the schedule of an event.
  • * Mary will program Tuesday’s festivities.
  • To cause to automatically behave in a particular way.
  • * The lab rat was programmed to press the lever when the bell rang.
  • lesson



    (en noun)
  • A section of learning or teaching into which a wider learning content is divided.
  • A learning task assigned to a student; homework.
  • Something learned or to be learned.
  • Something that serves as a warning or encouragement.
  • A section of the Bible or other religious text read as part of a divine service.
  • A severe lecture; reproof; rebuke; warning.
  • * Sir (Philip Sidney) (1554-1586)
  • She would give her a lesson for walking so late.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=8 , passage=The humor of my proposition appealed more strongly to Miss Trevor than I had looked for, and from that time forward she became her old self again;
  • (music) An exercise; a composition serving an educational purpose; a study.
  • Synonyms

    * (l) * (religious reading) lection

    Derived terms

    * object lesson * private lessons


    (en verb)
  • To give a lesson to; to teach.
  • * 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene ,
  • her owne daughter Pleasure, to whom shee / Made her companion, and her lessoned / In all the lore of loue, and goodly womanhead.
  • * Byron
  • To rest the weary, and to soothe the sad, / Doth lesson happier men, and shame at least the bad.

    See also

    * (wikipedia "lesson") *