[ kyoor ]
/ kyʊər /
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.
verb (used with object), cured, cur·ing.
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.
verb (used without object), cured, cur·ing.
to effect a cure.
to become cured.
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Origin of cure
1250–1300; (v.) Middle English curen<Middle French curer<Latin cūrāre to take care of, derivative of cūra care; (noun) Middle English <Old French cure<Latin cūra
synonym study for cure
9. Cure, heal, remedy imply making well, whole, or right. Cure is applied to the eradication of disease or sickness: to cure a headache. Heal suggests the making whole of wounds, sores, etc.: to heal a burn. Remedy applies especially to making wrongs right: to remedy a mistake.
OTHER WORDS FROM cure
cureless, adjectivecure·less·ly, adverbcurer, nounhalf-cured, adjective
o·ver·cured, adjectivesem·i·cured, adjectiveun·cured, adjectivewell-cured, adjective
Definition for cure (2 of 2)
[ kyoo-rey, kyoor-ey; French ky-rey ]
/ kyʊˈreɪ, ˈkyʊər eɪ; French küˈreɪ /
noun, plural cu·rés [kyoo-reyz, kyoor-eyz; French ky-rey]. /kyʊˈreɪz, ˈkyʊər eɪz; French küˈreɪ/.
(in France) a parish priest.
Origin of curé
1645–55; <French, Old French; modeled on Medieval Latin cūrātus parish priest; see curate
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British Dictionary definitions for cure (1 of 2)
/ (kjʊə) /
(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
Derived forms of curecureless, adjectivecurer, noun
Word Origin for cure
(n) C13: from Old French, from Latin cūra care; in ecclesiastical sense, from Medieval Latin cūra spiritual charge; (vb) C14: from Old French curer, from Latin cūrāre to attend to, heal, from cūra care
British Dictionary definitions for cure (2 of 2)
/ (ˈkjʊəreɪ) /
a parish priest in France
Word Origin for curé
French, from Medieval Latin cūrātus; see curate 1
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Medical definitions for cure
[ kyur ]
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.
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Idioms and Phrases with cure
see kill or cure; ounce of prevention (is worth a pound of cure); sure cure.
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