con·​fig·​ure kən-ˈfi-gyər How to pronounce configure (audio)
 especially British  -ˈfi-gə
configured; configuring

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 Its modular design means there are ample ways to configure it — perfect for those who like to switch up their seating for more visual flair. Michelle Rostamian, Peoplemag, 22 Sep. 2023 All three work with Logitech’s G Hub app for configuring lighting effects, as well as vocal effects and specific audio profiles through the software’s Blue Voice feature presets. Wes Davis, The Verge, 19 Sep. 2023 While configuring the timing for smoking his ribs, Brooks attracted a crowd with that signature smell. Alex Darus, cleveland, 1 Sep. 2023 The latter sports its own coffee bar and offers up enough space to accommodate eight or more people, while the kitchen is configured around a large island and decked out with boldly veined granite countertops and state-of-the-art appliances. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 31 Aug. 2023 Layering means using different methods to configure the network, manage and monitor the device, limit app functions, and prepare and guide the child. Chaunie Brusie, Rn, Bsn, Parents, 19 Aug. 2023 On Virgin Voyages, your bedroom can be configured in multiple ways from one full size bed that can convert into two single beds or even a couch! James Barrett, Redbook, 17 Aug. 2023 While Toyota hasn't yet released pricing—or images, for that matter—for the 2024 Sequoia, the newest Tundra can be configured on the consumer site. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 22 Aug. 2023 This height-adjustable lift column is programmable through ROS and configured with MoveIt! IEEE Spectrum, 18 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1677, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of configure was in 1677

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“Configure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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con·​fig·​ure kən-ˈfig-yər How to pronounce configure (audio)
configured; configuring
: to set up for operation especially in a particular way
ships configured for observation

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