Definition of configure in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Shape or put together in a particular form or configuration.

    ‘two of the aircraft will be configured as VIP transports’
    • ‘It seemed from that morning on we were inseparable, even configuring our schedules together.’
    • ‘But he must at least ensure he configures his players in a manner that does not play into the hands of the hosts in Levante.’
    • ‘After the successful trial of the anti-ship missile, the focus is on configuring the missile to attack land targets.’
    • ‘It will pay us, I think, to stop configuring education as a battle of the geniuses against the uncivilized.’
    • ‘The aircrew successfully configured the aircraft and proceeded with a full-stop landing.’
    • ‘Remote door locks should be configured so that the horn is off by default.’
    • ‘It took an act of insight to do so, a way of configuring the whole situation.’
    • ‘One button starts and configures the aircraft for taxi and takeoff, and off he goes.’
    • ‘Upon configuring the aircraft for landing, the crew noticed they had fuel fumes in the cockpit.’
    • ‘We weren't wearing night vision goggles, and our aircraft wasn't configured for such flight.’
    • ‘When configuring the aircraft for landing, things got interesting.’
    • ‘Although her sun is located in the gentle sign of Pisces, it is configured with the powerful planets Mars, Jupiter and Pluto.’
    • ‘Mobility is largely configured as movement, and moving and transience, as a result, is the norm.’
    • ‘We are not configured as a nation in our armed forces or the State Department to deal with nation-building.’
    • ‘We are looking at ways of configuring our breweries to make them more efficient.’
    • ‘Likewise, he could not contemplate configuring his team in an entirely different way because he did not have the means to do this.’
    • ‘A screen of that cost needs to be properly configured to the ambient light condition of where you place it, the video card driving it and the tasks that you plan to use it for.’
    • ‘It is true that, in a pure form, it can be a deadly explosive provided it is configured correctly in a bomb.’
    • ‘It will be configured to fit specific local circumstances.’
    • ‘These days Britain's race laws are configured in Brussels.’
    1. 1.1Computing Arrange or order (a computer system or an element of it) so as to fit it for a designated task.
      ‘expanded memory can be configured as a virtual drive’
      • ‘You can configure systems online to evaluate different options and prices.’
      • ‘That means downtime to configure the new system and reassign users and data.’
      • ‘The course will run over six weeks in May and June and will teach people to upgrade and repair computers and configure their operating systems.’
      • ‘After the updates are completed, click Finish, which configures a few system services.’
      • ‘So the logical step is to add a DVD drive to my machine and configure my system for DVD playback.’
      shape, form, fashion, model, work, construct, frame, make, create, manufacture, design, sculpt, sculpture, throw
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Late Middle English (in the Latin sense): from Latin configurare ‘shape after a pattern’, from con- ‘together’ + figurare ‘to shape’ (from figura ‘shape or figure’).