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configure

[kuh n-fig-yer]
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verb (used with object), con·fig·ured, con·fig·ur·ing.
  1. 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.
  2. Computers.
    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.
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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.
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constructcomposeformpatternshapedesignbuildarrange

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British Dictionary definitions for configure

configure

verb (tr)
  1. to arrange or organize
  2. computing to set up (a piece of hardware or software) as required
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Word Origin and History for configure

v.

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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