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[noun kyoo r-it; verb kyoo-reyt, kyoo r-eyt] /noun ˈkyʊər ɪt; verb kyʊˈreɪt, ˈkyʊər eɪt/
Chiefly British. a member of the clergy employed to assist a rector or vicar.
any ecclesiastic entrusted with the cure of souls, as a parish priest.
verb (used with object), curated, curating.
to take charge of (a museum) or organize (an art exhibit):
to curate a photography show.
to pull together, sift through, and select for presentation, as music or website content:
“We curate our merchandise with a sharp eye for trending fashion,” the store manager explained.
Origin of curate
1300-50; Middle English curat (< Anglo-French) < Medieval Latin cūrātus, equivalent to Latin cūr(a) care + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
[kyoo-rat-ik] /kyʊˈræt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
curatical, adjective
curateship, noun
curation, noun
subcurate, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Most of the words are quite familiar to me, as I was curate of East Dereham in 1861-2, and heard the dialect daily.

  • The father prior has arranged with the curate who dines with us.

    En Route J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans
  • Niono had given me his address, and I looked in at the curate's unpretentious lodgings one evening on my way home.

  • I got a parson to witness it, a kind of curate man, a poor creature.

    The Northern Iron George A. Birmingham
  • The curate of St. Roques and the minister of Salem found it wonderfully hard to get up a conversation.

    Salem Chapel, v.1/2 Mrs. Oliphant
British Dictionary definitions for curate


a clergyman appointed to assist a parish priest
a clergyman who has the charge of a parish (curate-in-charge)
(Irish) an assistant barman
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin cūrātus, from cūra spiritual oversight, cure


(transitive) to be in charge of (an art exhibition or museum)
Word Origin
C20: back formation from curator
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Word Origin and History for curate

late 14c., "spiritual guide," from Medieval Latin curatus "one responsible for the care (of souls)," from Latin curatus, past participle of curare "to take care of" (see cure (v.)). Church of England sense of "paid deputy priest of a parish" first recorded 1550s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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