[ kyoor ]
/ kyʊər /


verb (used with object), cured, cur·ing.

verb (used without object), cured, cur·ing.

to effect a cure.
to become cured.

Nearby words

  1. curcumin,
  2. curd,
  3. curd cheese,
  4. curdle,
  5. curdy,
  6. cure-all,
  7. curet,
  8. curetes,
  9. curettage,
  10. curette

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

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Synonym study

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.


[ kyoo-rey, kyoo r-ey; French ky-rey ]
/ kyʊˈreɪ, ˈkyʊər eɪ; French küˈreɪ /

noun, plural cu·rés [kyoo-reyz, kyoo r-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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cure


/ (kjʊə) /



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


/ (ˈkjʊəreɪ) /


a parish priest in France

Word Origin for curé

French, from Medieval Latin cūrātus; see curate 1

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Word Origin and History for cure
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Medicine 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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