[ noun kyoor-it; verb kyoor-eyt, kyoo-reyt ]
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  1. Chiefly British. a member of the clergy employed to assist a rector or vicar.

  2. any ecclesiastic entrusted with the cure of souls, as a parish priest.

verb (used with object),cu·rat·ed, cu·rat·ing.
  1. to take charge of (a museum) or organize (an art exhibit): to curate a photography show.

  2. 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

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English curat, from Anglo-French or directly from Medieval Latin cūrātus, equivalent to Latin cūr(a) “care” + -ātus -ate1

Other words from curate

  • cu·rat·ic [kyoo-rat-ik], /kyʊˈræt ɪk/, cu·rat·i·cal, adjective
  • cu·rate·ship, noun
  • cu·ra·tion, noun
  • sub·cu·rate, noun

Words Nearby curate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use curate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for curate (1 of 2)


/ (ˈkjʊərɪt) /

  1. a clergyman appointed to assist a parish priest

  2. a clergyman who has the charge of a parish (curate-in-charge)

  1. Irish an assistant barman

Origin of curate

C14: from Medieval Latin cūrātus, from cūra spiritual oversight, cure

British Dictionary definitions for curate (2 of 2)


/ (kjʊəˈreɪt) /

  1. (tr) to be in charge of (an art exhibition or museum)

Origin of curate

C20: back formation from curator

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