[ kuh n-fig-yer ]
/ kənˈfɪg yər /

verb (used with object), con·fig·ured, con·fig·ur·ing.

to design or adapt to form a specific configuration or for some specific purpose: The planes are being configured to hold more passengers in each row.
  1. to put together (a computer or computer system) by supplying, arranging, or connecting a specific set of internal or external components: My next laptop will be configured for gaming with a fast processor and lots of memory.
  2. to set up (a software program or device) for a particular computer, computer system, or task: to configure the printer for a wireless network.

Nearby words

  1. confidently,
  2. confiding,
  3. configurate,
  4. configuration,
  5. configurationism,
  6. confine,
  7. confined,
  8. confinedly,
  9. confinee,
  10. confinement

Origin of configure

back formation from configuration

Related formscon·fig·ur·a·ble, adjectivepre·con·fig·ure, verb (used with object), pre·con·fig·ured, pre·con·fig·ur·ing. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for configurable


/ (ˌkənˈfɪɡə) /

verb (tr)

to arrange or organize
computing to set up (a piece of hardware or software) as required
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Word Origin and History for configurable



late 14c., from Latin configurare "to fashion after a pattern," from con- "together" (see com-) + figurare "to form, shape," from figura "a shape, form, figure" (see figure (n.)).

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