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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If you're used to configuring a MacBook with a few mouse clicks, this exercise will feel like a trip to Home Depot in comparison. Brendan Nystedt, WIRED, "Want to Learn More About Computers? Try Building Your Own PC," 4 Apr. 2018 And the sheer computing power of these server farms will not be deterred from crunching the numbers necessary to configure various points in history of every subatomic particle. Zoltan Istvan, Newsweek, "Quantum Archaeology: The Quest to 3D Bioprint Every Dead Person Back to Life," 9 Mar. 2018 And Mercedes-Benz hasn’t forgotten that this is a vehicle that can be configured to carry a lot of people, too. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The All-New 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Is Pushing Commercial Utility Into the Future," 1 Dec. 2018 There is a large unfinished area that could be configured as an au-pair or in-law space. Nate Owen,, "Property of the Week: 61 Dorset Lane, Farmington," 14 Sep. 2017 Once the camper has fully expanded, the main living area can be configured a few different ways depending on your needs and the time of day. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "You Can Basically Own a Pop-Up Barbie Camper IRL," 31 Oct. 2018 Launch customer Qatar Airways will configure the A350-1000 to add an extra ten business class seats and 34 in coach over the 900 version, for a total of 327 passengers. Barbara Peterson, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 New Planes That Will Change the Way You Travel," 4 Sep. 2018 French door and side-by-side fridges are wider than a top or bottom freezer design—but the size of your fridge is key to configuring your overall kitchen layout. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "Refrigerators," 11 Feb. 2019 Federal prosecutors said Walgreens configured its electronic pharmacy management system to prevent its pharmacists from dispensing less than a full box of five insulin pens, even when patients didn’t need that much. Patrick Thomas, WSJ, "Walgreens to Pay $269 Million on Claims It Overcharged Federal Programs," 22 Jan. 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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