[ 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), 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


cu·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

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British Dictionary definitions for curation (1 of 2)

/ (ˈkjʊərɪt) /


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 curation (2 of 2)

/ (kjʊəˈreɪt) /


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

Word Origin for curate

C20: back formation from curator
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