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.
Recent Examples on the Web Install robust malware protection software on all company devices, and configure it to install patches and updates automatically. Jeff Bell, Forbes, 17 May 2022 An increasing number of software platforms now feature low-code application development capabilities that empower those closest to business challenges to customize and configure enterprise solutions to address their exact needs. Ron Cameron, Forbes, 7 July 2022 Individual mode is distinctive because AMG allows customization of the ESP system—those who choose to push the limits of physics may configure ESP to allow high drift angles or defeat ESP altogether. Michael Harley, Robb Report, 6 July 2022 To learn more about each setting and how to configure it, click the Learn more button. PCMAG, 23 May 2022 Those who ordered the EV3X pickup will be able to configure their trucks at some point this summer before deliveries begin this fall. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 17 June 2022 When new layers are added to the tech stack without sunsetting existing technology, new expertise is needed to set up, configure and manage the new solution while maintaining the old. Ev Kontsevoy, Forbes, 10 June 2022 Coaches had to configure new schedules for practice times, extend their hotel stay, find new flights and follow protocols for players who became sick. Marlee Zanna Thompson, The Arizona Republic, 9 June 2022 Buyers will be able to configure the laptop with up to a 12th Generation Intel Core i9-12900HX processor and an Nvidia RTX 3080Ti GPU. Michael Kan, PCMAG, 7 June 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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