There are 2 main definitions of curate in English:

curate1

Line breaks: cur¦ate
Pronunciation: /ˈkjʊərət
 
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noun

1 (also assistant curate) A member of the clergy engaged as assistant to a vicar, rector, or parish priest.
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  • But in a letter to the village magazine, the assistant curate said the work on the windows had used up the funds available for repairs to the church.
  • Before joining Holy Rood he was assistant curate at St George's Church in Tyldesley.
  • His first appointment, after further studies in Rome, was as assistant curate in a rustic hamlet 15 miles east of Krakow.
1.1 archaic A minister with pastoral responsibility.

Origin

Middle English: from medieval Latin curatus, from Latin cura 'care'.

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There are 2 main definitions of curate in English:

curate2

Line breaks: cur¦ate
Pronunciation: /kjʊ(ə)ˈreɪt
 
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verb

[with object]
1Select, organize, and look after the items in (a collection or exhibition): both exhibitions are curated by the Centre’s director
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  • He has had ten years of museum experience curating exhibitions, commissioning new works, and developing artist residency programs.
  • Plus, I am really excited to be guest curating a large exhibition from the museum's wonderful American Folk Art Collection.
  • Over the past decade, my father has been slowly curating a collection of AIDS posters from all over the world, for the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda.
1.1Select the performers or performances that will feature in (an arts event or programme): in past years the festival has been curated by the likes of David Bowie
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  • The Observer is media partner of this year's Meltdown festival, which is curated by Patti Smith.
  • It's a great insane ending to a brilliantly curated day of music.
  • The concert is part of this Meltdown Festival curated by Morrissey.
1.2Select, organize, and present (online content, merchandise, information, etc.), typically using professional or expert knowledge: people not only want to connect when using a network but they also enjoy getting credit for sharing or curating information. (as adjective curated) a curated alternative to the world’s most popular video portal
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  • Blueprint is making one of the only serious efforts at collecting, carefully curating and providing information to scientists that would not otherwise be made available in a computer-readable format.
  • We're not interested in raw numbers, but ensuring that our valued customers enjoy and appreciate the curated news and the eloquent writers whom we employ, etc. etc.
  • It's a curated platform with 225,000 apps.

Origin

late 19th century: back-formation from curator.

Derivatives

curation

noun
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  • I learned some important lessons in curating video installations last weekend and hope future events like this receive better treatment in both curation and post-event publicity.
  • Her curation of the exhibition fused the pristine austerity of Chelsea minimalism with cinephile extravagance.
  • Her curation resulted in several outstanding exhibitions of visual art from the accession countries.

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