[noun kyoo r-it; verb kyoo-reyt, kyoo r-eyt]


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), cu·rat·ed, cu·rat·ing.

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 formscu·rat·ic [kyoo-rat-ik] /kyʊˈræt ɪk/, cu·rat·i·cal, adjectivecu·rate·ship, nouncu·ra·tion, nounsub·cu·rate, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for curate

cleric, clergyman, assistant, pastor, priest, minister, dominie

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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 for curate

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




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

Word Origin for curate

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.

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