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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If that’s still not complicated enough for you, consider that there are also two different versions of the Surface Pro 6 and the Surface Laptop 2: one configured for business, and one for consumers. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "The $999 Surface Laptop 2 is available, but good luck finding it," 4 Oct. 2018 The system image has Ubuntu Desktop 18.04 LTS configured and ready to go, and this showcases some of the other Linux integration work that Microsoft has been doing. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Running Ubuntu VMs on Windows just got a whole lot more streamlined," 18 Sep. 2018 The units Northgate Addison Apartments has 90 one-bedroom apartments configured into two floor plans and 18 identical two-bedroom apartments. Pamela Dittmer Mckuen,, "Renovated Addison apartments offer special draw: one-bedrooms topping 1,000 square feet," 24 May 2018 The protocol often eliminates the hassle of figuring out how to configure devices the first time they're connected. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "A 100,000-router botnet is feeding on a 5-year-old UPnP bug in Broadcom chips," 12 Nov. 2018 Singapore Airlines has configured its long-haul aircraft with just premium economy and business class seats—something Qantas is now taking into consideration for its ultra-long-haul aircraft of the future. Kristen Leigh Painter, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Air Travel Will Change in 2019," 13 Dec. 2018 Outside of those limited controls on the headphones themselves, configuring the Dimensions is largely done through the iOS or Android app. Dan Seifert, The Verge, "Dolby Dimension review: headphones for your home," 14 Nov. 2018 Correctly configured, servers should redirect any attempt to access a page over insecure HTTP to secure HTTPS, ensuring that a site cannot be intercepted or tampered with. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Today’s the day that Chrome brands plain old HTTP “not secure”," 24 July 2018 The 15,000-ton ships, configured largely to house and transport four LCACs, are nearing the end of their service life, Navy developers say. Kris Osborn, Fox News, "Navy pushes for more amphibious assault ships," 13 July 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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technical : to arrange or prepare (something) so that it can be used

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