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 Using a command line, admins can manage user machines, initiate and configure antivirus scans, monitor network events, and manage various threats. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Microsoft is adding Linux, Android, and firmware protections to Windows," 23 June 2020 Open FaceTime then Preferences to configure how your devices will work together. David Nield, Popular Science, "Make phone calls from any device," 22 June 2020 Tap the three dots beside a post then Edit audience (web) or Edit privacy (mobile) to configure this. David Nield, Wired, "How to Clean Up Your Old Social Media Posts," 14 June 2020 Jody Norton, who teaches information-technology services, has small teams of students configuring virtual networks that can handle documents, email, and webpages. Emily Richmond, The Atlantic, "Shop Class, Over Zoom," 2 May 2020 On the Levee can be configured in all sorts of ways for corporate events, weddings and fundraisers, but it was not designed for concerts. Jeremy Hallock, Dallas News, "Virtual concert series to kick off from new event venue in Dallas Design District, other cities," 17 Apr. 2020 The Cessna 208s can quickly be configured for passenger service when people start flying again. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s how airlines and cargo carriers in Alaska are responding to disruptions from coronavirus," 11 Apr. 2020 Your challenge is to match the image on each card by configuring fourteen plastic geometric shapes (six red and eight yellow) inside the puzzle’s frame. Popular Science, "Four challenging STEM puzzles for kids," 7 Apr. 2020 But payloads sent to the moon must be lightweight, which presents the challenge of configuring a lighter excavator still capable of heavy duty workloads. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "NASA wants your help designing the robot that will go digging on the moon," 19 Mar. 2020

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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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The first known use of configure was in 1677

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6 Jul 2020

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“Configure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of configure

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

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