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cure 1

Pronunciation: /kjʊə/


[with object]
1Relieve (a person or animal) of the symptoms of a disease or condition: he was cured of the disease
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  • Many go to visit it and there are stories of people being cured of serious ailments because they had the faith to do their religious practice in this place.
  • Most English historians were cured of such flatulent emotion by the carnage of the first world war, the desolation of the great slump and the perilously tight margin of victory in the second world war.
  • David found himself the subject of a phenomenon as he was unexplainably cured of the Crohn's disease with which he suffered for 14 years while on a trip to Medjugorje.
heal, restore to health, make well, make better, restore, rehabilitate, treat successfully
archaic cleanse
1.1Eliminate (a disease or condition) with medical treatment: this technology could be used to cure diabetes
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  • If the cancer has spread to other parts of your body, treatment will not cure the cancer.
  • When you're first diagnosed, it's likely you'll be interested in treatments that cure cancer.
  • There is no available medical treatment that immediately cures bronchopulmonary dysplasia.
1.2Solve (a problem): a bid to trace and cure the gearbox problems
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  • Not only do they fail to cure the problems they are hired to solve; they make the problems worse.
  • In most of the cases we're not actually curing the problems, we're finding ways around them.
  • In the past, victims of severe blushing were prescribed beta-blockers or anti - depressants, or offered counselling, none of which cured the problem.
solve, sort out, be the answer/solution to;
eliminate, do away with, end, put an end to, remove, counteract, correct
2Preserve (meat, fish, tobacco, or an animal skin) by salting, drying, or smoking: (as adjective, in combination -cured) home-cured ham
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  • We took a spin on the classic, restaurant-style wrapped filet by crusting a roast with two cured meats - bacon and prosciutto.
  • Their flesh was cured and preserved into amulets.
  • They didn't go empty handed, they brought tea, sugar, home-made bread, eggs, home cured bacon and twist tobacco.
2.1Harden (rubber, plastic, concrete, etc.) after manufacture by a chemical process such as vulcanization: the early synthetic rubbers were much more difficult to cure than natural rubber
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  • In addition to the lengthy hand lay-up of the materials, there is the use of an autoclave to cure the epoxy resin.
  • Goodyear noticed a tiny line of perfectly cured rubber on the edge of the piece.
  • Early in 1942 cured natural rubber from the plantation was loaded on to planes.
2.2 [no object] Undergo hardening by a chemical process: the mastic takes days to cure
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  • Thermosets flow during molding and then cure or harden irreversibly.
  • Now the builder simply waits for the epoxy to cure to a strong, translucent finish.
  • Both types expand and harden as the chemical mixture cures.


1A substance or treatment that cures a disease or condition: the search for a cure for the common cold
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  • Pharmaceutical companies often fund research that leads to cures and treatments for diseases.
  • Money that could be directed at researching cures and treatments for disease is being re-directed to provide extra security for existing research.
  • It is our goal to find treatments and possibly a cure for this rare, life-threatening disease that robs children of their adulthood.
1.1 [mass noun] Restoration to health: he was beyond cure
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  • If the tumor has already metastasized before local therapy is administered, cure is impossible.
  • Cancer patients beyond cure are frequently used to set the defining standard for terminal illness.
  • Trials to date show similar rates of clinical cure in common respiratory infections.
healing, restoration to health
1.2A solution to a problem: the cure is to improve the clutch operation
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  • In all the research and all the websites in the world, I cannot find any offers of a cure or solution.
  • None of these thoughts are total cures or solutions, but I hope there is some value in them.
  • I particularly liked his cure for sea-sickness: sit under a tree.
solution, answer, antidote, nostrum, panacea, cure-all, magic formula
2 [mass noun] The process of curing rubber, plastic, or other material.
3 [mass noun] A Christian minister’s pastoral charge or area of responsibility for spiritual ministry: a benefice involving the cure of souls
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  • A prelate is that man, whatsoever he be, that hath a flock to be taught of him; whosoever he be that hath cure of souls.
  • All chapters and other benefices without cure of souls were now abolished.
  • On the other hand I am the one sharing the bishop's cure of souls here, with responsibility to do what I can to instil sound teaching and believing.
3.1 [count noun] A parish: he had been at this cure for four years



Pronunciation: /ˈkjʊərə/
Example sentences
  • Award-winning traditional Scottish bacon curers, this family business has been supplying the country with the best you can put in your breakfast buttie since 1857.
  • They are definitely not the curers of the disease.
  • But time is a great curer of ills, and though he today happily says he doesn't regret a word, he is concerned with getting back in touch with his Scottish public.


Middle English (as a noun): from Old French curer (verb), cure (noun), both from Latin curare 'take care of', from cura 'care'. The original noun senses were 'care, concern, responsibility', in particular spiritual care (hence sense 3 of the noun). In late Middle English the senses 'medical care' and 'successful medical treatment' arose, and hence 'remedy'.

  • curate from Middle English:

    The word curate, ‘an assistant to a parish priest’, comes from medieval Latin curatus, from Latin cura ‘care’ (because the parishioners are in his care), the source of a number of words including cure (Middle English), curator (Late Middle English), accurate (late 16th century) ‘done with care’, and secure (Late Middle English) ‘free from care’. You can describe something that is partly good and partly bad as a curate's egg. This is one of those rare expressions whose origin can be precisely identified. A cartoon in an 1895 edition of the magazine Punch features a meek curate at the breakfast table with his bishop. The caption reads: ‘BISHOP: “I'm afraid you've got a bad egg, Mr Jones.” CURATE: “Oh no, my Lord, I assure you! Parts of it are excellent!” ’ Only ten years later the phrase had become sufficiently familiar to appear in a publication called Minister's Gazette of Fashion: ‘The past spring and summer season has seen much fluctuation. Like the curate's egg, it has been excellent in parts.’

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curé 2

Pronunciation: /ˈkjʊəreɪ/


A parish priest in a French-speaking country.
Example sentences
  • At the base of the Catholic church were approximately 50,000 parish priests (curés) and their assistants, the curates.
  • In return bishops and curés would receive government stipends.
  • Primary school teachers were monitored by curés, who sent reports to their bishops, who in turn gave them to the educational authorities.


French, from medieval Latin curatus (see curate1).

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