configure

verb
con·fig·ure | \ kən-ˈfi-gyər , 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.

Recent Examples on the Web

Owner Nguyen Pham told the Sacramento Business Journal that the current site is poorly configured for his business and is also too large. Claire Morgan, sacbee, "Looking for fish? Sunh is moving back to Broadway," 12 July 2018 The Aces, who moved to Nevada from San Antonio this past winter, are playing in the Mandalay Bay Arena, which is configured for just under 8,000 fans. Doug Feinberg, chicagotribune.com, "Some WNBA teams downsizing arenas to help bottom line," 9 July 2018 The Aces, who moved to Nevada from San Antonio this past winter, are playing in the Mandalay Bay Arena, which is configured for just under 8,000 fans. Doug Feinberg, courant.com, "Some WNBA Teams Downsizing Arenas To Help Bottom Line," 9 July 2018 The team configured the arena to seat 2,319 fans, a size that will be used for the immediate future. Doug Feinberg, chicagotribune.com, "Some WNBA teams downsizing arenas to help bottom line," 9 July 2018 The team configured the arena to seat 2,319 fans, a size that will be used for the immediate future. Doug Feinberg, courant.com, "Some WNBA Teams Downsizing Arenas To Help Bottom Line," 9 July 2018 Build something that, once fully configured, would provide a relatively easy-to-use and attractive console-like UI. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: One-upping the NES Classic Edition with the Raspberry Pi 3 and RetroPie," 30 June 2018 America’s economy is configured for designing iPhones, not assembling their components; the innards of its cars and planes cross national borders many times before the final product is ready. The Economist, "Could a trade war derail global growth?," 21 June 2018 Since then, traditional roles for women have been configured to reflect these ideals. Huda Alsahi, Washington Post, "Saudi women can drive starting Sunday. Why are feminists there still labeled traitors?," 20 June 2018

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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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configure

verb

English Language Learners Definition of configure

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

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