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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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British Dictionary definitions for preconfigured


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 preconfigured



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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