I'm trying to find the right word for this sentence, and replace the word run with something more computer orientated

A bash script was developed to run the programme

I've looked on thesaurus.com to no avail, and I am now turning to SE for help.

What word can I use to replace run?


In your context you may use the verb "execute":

A bash script was developed to execute the program.

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    And note it's usually program for computers, even in the UK where programme it's used for TV, theatre guides, etc. – Hugo Jan 14 '12 at 13:24
  • @Hugo: Haha yes - in the UK, if we've recorded a tv program on the video, we might feasibly play it later (more likely put it on) when we want to watch it. We certainly wouldn't run it. – FumbleFingers Jan 14 '12 at 18:31

You can use execute, or invoke.

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I realise this answer may be downvoted because strictly speaking it's a comment, but it seems to me I need the chart to make my point. To wit, OP is simply mistaken in thinking that "run" somehow doesn't suit the computer context

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Regarding alternatives, @mustafa and @Incognito have both flagged up the most common (execute) - but "run" far outweighs even this, let alone rarer usages like launch, invoke, open etc.

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  • The script in question is running the program for several iteration, each time executing the same piece of code, until a full run of executions is made. I think that phrasing makes more sense (as it does in my work), than just using run. Thanks for the graph though, I love nGrams +1! – Pureferret Jan 14 '12 at 17:49
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    @Pureferret: It's not obvious to me that "The script in question is executing the program for several iterations, each time running the same piece of code" is any less "natural". And a full run of executions seems a bit weird to me anyway - I'd probably just say a full sequence. But thanks for the upvote! :) – FumbleFingers Jan 14 '12 at 18:26

How about 'launch'? 'Start' is pleasingly mundane, too. 'Open' might be suitable for a user-level application, like iTunes. 'Activate' if there's a chance it's already running. I've never liked 'invoke' - it reeks of magic... :)

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  • "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." Hopefully that's what my program will be. – Pureferret Jan 14 '12 at 16:11

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