- a means of healing or restoring to health; remedy.
- a method or course of remedial treatment, as for disease.
- successful remedial treatment; restoration to health.
- a means of correcting or relieving anything that is troublesome or detrimental: to seek a cure for inflation.
- the act or a method of preserving meat, fish, etc., by smoking, salting, or the like.
- spiritual or religious charge of the people in a certain district.
- the office or district of a curate or parish priest.
- to restore to health.
- to relieve or rid of something detrimental, as an illness or a bad habit.
- to prepare (meat, fish, etc.) for preservation by salting, drying, etc.
- to promote hardening of (fresh concrete or mortar), as by keeping it damp.
- to process (rubber, tobacco, etc.) as by fermentation or aging.
- to effect a cure.
- to become cured.
Origin of cure
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Examples from the Web for curing
By the late 1600s, chemists and herbalists had begun to concoct their own scientific mixtures for curing the hangover.History's Craziest Hangover Cures
December 30, 2014
After curing the elderly of their semi-suicidal depression, winning the White House must seem like a snap.Ben Carson’s Bizarrely Serious, Seriously Bizarre Campaign Crew
November 12, 2014
Instead of curing the disease, to remove those symptoms by which alone its nature can be known!America’s Meddlers Are Our Worst Enemies
October 3, 2014
A miracle of this sort interests me; curing cancer, less so.Patted Down by India’s Hugging Saint
July 20, 2014
Critics of Functional Medicine claim that they too are interested in curing, not palliating disease.Clinton Doc: This Is How We’ll Fix Health Care
June 12, 2014
That is, he could work wonders like the fairies and excel the doctors in curing diseases.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
I have great hopes of curing the child, if she can be well fed.Hetty's Strange History
I think something else must have had a hand in curing me, Tom.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
The only certain means of curing them consists in not contracting them.The Sexual Question
The generals accordingly, having recognised the defect, set about curing it.Anabasis
- (tr) to get rid of (an ailment, fault, or problem); heal
- (tr) to restore to health or good condition
- (intr) to bring about a cure
- (tr) to preserve (meat, fish, etc) by salting, smoking, etc
- to treat or finish (a substance) by chemical or physical means
- to vulcanize (rubber)
- to allow (a polymer) to set often using heat or pressure
- (tr) to assist the hardening of (concrete, mortar, etc) by keeping it moist
- a return to health, esp after specific treatment
- any course of medical therapy, esp one proved effective in combating a disease
- a means of restoring health or improving a condition, situation, etc
- the spiritual and pastoral charge of a parishthe cure of souls
- a process or method of preserving meat, fish, etc, by salting, pickling, or smoking
- a parish priest in France
Word Origin and History for curing
parish priest, from French curé (13c.), from Medieval Latin curatus (see curate).
late 14c., from Old French curer, from Latin curare "take care of," hence, in medical language, "treat medically, cure" (see cure (n.)). In reference to fish, pork, etc., first recorded 1743. Related: Cured; curing.
Most words for "cure, heal" in European languages originally applied to the person being treated but now can be used with reference to the disease, too. Relatively few show an ancient connection to words for "physician;" typically they are connected instead to words for "make whole" or "tend to" or even "conjurer." French guérir (with Italian guarir, Old Spanish guarir) is from a Germanic verb stem also found in in Gothic warjan, Old English wearian "ward off, prevent, defend" (see warrant (n.)).
c.1300, "care, heed," from Latin cura "care, concern, trouble," with many figurative extensions, e.g. "study; administration; a mistress," and also "means of healing, remedy," from Old Latin coira-, from PIE root *kois- "be concerned." Meaning "medical care" is late 14c.
- Restoration of health; recovery from disease.
- A method or course of treatment used to restore health.
- An agent that restores health; a remedy.
- To restore a person to health.
- To effect a recovery from a disease or disorder.