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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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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13 Jun 2021

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“Configure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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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