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curate

[ noun kyoor-it; verb kyoor-eyt, kyoo-reyt ]
/ noun ˈkyʊər ɪt; verb ˈkyʊər eɪt, kyʊˈreɪt /
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noun

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.

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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, adjectivecu·rate·ship, nouncu·ra·tion, nounsub·cu·rate, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for curate (1 of 2)

curate1
/ (ˈkjʊərɪt) /

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for curate (2 of 2)

curate2
/ (kjʊəˈreɪt) /

verb

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

Word Origin for curate

C20: back formation from curator
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