con·​fig·​ure | \ kən-ˈfi-gyər How to pronounce configure (audio) , especially British -ˈfi-gə\
configured; configuring

Definition of configure

transitive verb

: to set up for operation especially in a particular way a fighter plane configured for the Malaysian air force

Examples of configure in a Sentence

The instructions tell you how to configure the kit correctly. The plane is configured for military use.

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There is a difference, though, between female health and what will keep us chemically configured as if still fertile. Darcey Steinke, Time, "No One Told Me Exactly What to Expect From Menopause. But the Messages I Did Get Were Very Wrong," 28 June 2019 Once the interior offices — quirkily configured because of the shape of the building — are demolished, open floors, albeit triangular, will be left behind. Jane Margolies, New York Times, "End of an Era for the Flatiron Building," 28 June 2019 But a pixel can capture much more information, depending on how it is configured by the website owner, like logging when a visitor adds items to a shopping cart or searches for something. Hamdan Azhar, WIRED, "Politicians Don't Trust Facebook—Unless They're Campaigning," 26 June 2019 Energy Reforms: Mexico releases bidding documents for new refinery Owned by Mexico's national oil company Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, the refineries are mostly configured to process light crude oil. Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle, "Crude oil inputs to Mexico's refineries fall for fifth year in a row," 25 June 2019 Angi Evans, Harbor Day’s head of school, said the campus was built when classrooms were configured as rows of desks facing a teacher at a blackboard. Hillary Davis,, "Harbor Day School cleared for total makeover of CdM campus," 22 June 2019 McKenzie did not mention it, but other officials have said that in early May Iran had cruise and perhaps short-range ballistic missiles configured for potential use aboard a small number of dhows sailing off its coast. Washington Post, "US commander says Mideast buildup prompted Iran ‘step back’," 7 June 2019 The landscape springs from all the different ways of configuring these extra dimensions. Quanta Magazine, "Dark Energy May Be Incompatible With String Theory," 9 Aug. 2018 Though Intel’s display device was configured like a comic book, the device also allowed one of the screens to act as a soft keyboard. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft is reportedly prepping a dual-screen Surface tablet," 3 June 2019

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First Known Use of configure

1677, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for configure

Middle English configuren (as past participle configurid) "to model on, conform to," borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French configurer "to compare, form," borrowed from Latin configūrāre "to mold, shape," from con- con- + figūrāre "to shape, form, make a likeness of" — more at figure entry 2

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technical : to arrange or prepare (something) so that it can be used

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