(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 Formscureless, 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
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.)).
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.