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.

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Along with the addition of the T2 security chip, the new Mac mini has an array of ports on its back edge: four Thunderbolt 3 ports, two USB-A ports, an Ethernet port that can be configured to support 10Gb speeds, an HDMI port, and a headphone jack. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "New MacBook Air, Mac mini hands-on: Making old favorites new again," 30 Oct. 2018 Its brand-new QSuite business class, which can be configured with double beds and four-person dining suites, has won rave reviews from fliers. 2. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best International Airlines: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 The test aircraft, painted in the livery of launch customer TAP Portugal and almost completely configured with the airline's newest cabin update, flew in from the airline's Lisbon headquarters earlier in the day. Jeremy Dwyer-lindgren, USA TODAY, "TAP Portugal uses 'proving flights' to show off new Airbus A330neo," 24 June 2018 The building dates from the early 1900s, and is configured with a two-bedroom duplex with a garden, as well as two one-bedroom apartments. New York Times, "Recent Commercial Real Estate Transactions," 22 May 2018 Ford tells us that although the new truck’s frame appears to be a near doppelgänger of the frame of the overseas Ranger, a side-by-side inspection reveals that it has been configured specifically for stateside duty. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "2019 Ford Ranger: The Return of a Beloved Pickup," 14 Jan. 2018 But those lengths are merely artifacts of how broadcast television and advertising were configured 50 years ago. Daniel H. Pink, The Atlantic, "The Future of Television Is Being Able to Pick Shows by Length," 11 June 2018 Experience and training are important factors in making sure the airplane is properly configured at the proper time. John Cox, USA TODAY, "Ask the Captain: It takes skill to make a smooth landing," 20 May 2018 Metro Chief Operating Officer Joe Leader said such rail cars work best in sets of four, but Metro’s maintenance shops are configured for married pairs — meaning a wholesale shop overhaul would be required to accommodate them. Faiz Siddiqui, Washington Post, "With dedicated funding on the horizon, Metro finds breathing room to plan for the future — but not for more riders," 12 Apr. 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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: to arrange or prepare (something) so that it can be used

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