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[kuh n-fig-yer] /kənˈfɪg yər/
verb (used with object), configured, configuring.
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.
Origin of configure
back formation from configuration
Related forms
configurable, adjective
preconfigure, verb (used with object), preconfigured, preconfiguring. Unabridged
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verb (transitive)
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 configure

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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configure in Technology
A program by Richard Stallman to discover properties of the current platform and to set up make to compile and install gcc.
Cygnus configure was a similar system developed by K. Richard Pixley in collaboration with Richard Stallman. In 1994, David MacKenzie and others modified autoconf to incorporate all the features of Cygnus configure and many GNU programs, including gcc now use autoconf.
Metaconfig is a similar program used in building Perl.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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