- 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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- (in France) a parish priest.
Origin of curé
Examples from the Web for cure
In 2007 he said he had discovered a cure for AIDS using natural herbs.The Shadowy U.S. Veteran Who Tried to Overthrow a Country
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For Randy, a 50-year-old ex-Mormon gay man, this cure was a particularly bitter pill to swallow.Your Husband Is Definitely Gay: TLC’s Painful Portrait of Mormonism
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The transfusions are not a cure, but are a second line of defense for the body.Blood Is Ebola’s Weapon and Weakness
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Regrow limbs, cure cancer, or rock a killer outfit à la Milla Jovovich in The Fifth Element.I Want My Damn Hoverboard! 12 Movie Inventions That Should Exist
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Right off the bat, the “Doing Our Bit for the Cure” campaign seemed peculiar.The Misogynistic Companies Jumping On The Breast Cancer Bandwagon
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If she had, now, she might cure some decent girl of her infatuation.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
They also appear to have successfully applied it to the cure of diseases.
An accurate knowledge of our defects will soonest lead to their cure.
It is not strange that when we have swallowed the dose it does little to effect a cure.The Conquest of Fear
Yes, that we may consider and see what ought to have been done to cure him.The Imaginary Invalid
- (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 cure
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.
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.)).
- 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.
Idioms and Phrases with cure
see kill or cure; ounce of prevention (is worth a pound of cure); sure cure.