There are 2 definitions of curate in English:

curate1

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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 definitions of curate in English:

curate2

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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.

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.

Origin

late 19th century: back-formation from curator.

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