re·​con·​fig·​ure (ˌ)rē-kən-ˈfi-gyər How to pronounce reconfigure (audio)
 especially British  -ˈfi-gə
reconfigured; reconfiguring; reconfigures

transitive verb

: to rearrange (something) into an altered form, figure, shape, or layout : to configure (something) again or in a new way
Back in the business end of the airplane, built-in features allow the single loadmaster to reconfigure the cargo bay for different types of loads in under an hour in flight.Richard DeMeis
Neuroimaging suggested that his brain had essentially reconfigured itself—surviving neurons bypassed dead ones and forged new connections to one another.Jeneen Interlandi

Examples of reconfigure in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Canton generously lends its space to two private dining rooms, the Silk Room and the Music Room, which can be reconfigured into one entertainment space. Stacey Wreathall, Travel + Leisure, 6 Apr. 2024 That would allow Monumental to find new uses for the Gallery Place space while reconfiguring arena offices into new attractions for fans. Jonathan O'Connell, Washington Post, 30 Mar. 2024 Proposition 1 doesn’t change the tax, but seeks to reconfigure how the money from the act can be spent. Taryn Luna, Los Angeles Times, 1 Mar. 2024 Our view: There’s a very good chance basketball and other Olympic sports are reconfigured along regional lines in the next five years. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, 29 Mar. 2024 The commission's map approved by the panel reconfigures the seven districts struck down by the court along with eight others near the invalidated districts. Detroit Free Press, 27 Mar. 2024 Proposition 1 approves the issuance of a new $6.4-billion bond to support 10,000 treatment and housing beds and reconfigures a 20-year-old tax for mental health services to also fund treatment for drug addiction. Taryn Luna, Los Angeles Times, 21 Mar. 2024 But those costs and the need to reconfigure existing regulatory laws (which need to be enhanced anyway) are negligible concerns compared to those of over-regulation. Clyde Wayne Crews Jr., Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024 Sunday’s race, which starts at 3 p.m. on FOX, marks the first time Atlanta has hosted the second race of the season since 2019 — after the 1.54-mile track was reconfigured to run the superspeedway package. Shane Connuck, Charlotte Observer, 24 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1939, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of reconfigure was in 1939

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“Reconfigure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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