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: The administration is seeking 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, such as an illness or a bad habit.
to correct (a document, especially a mail-in ballot) in order to make it valid: If the voter’s signature is missing, the county board sends them a certification form allowing the voter to cure the ballot so it can be counted.
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.
- cure·less, adjective
- cure·less·ly, adverb
- cur·er, noun
- half-cured, adjective
- o·ver·cured, adjective
- sem·i·cured, adjective
- un·cured, adjective
- well-cured, adjective
Other definitions for curé (2 of 2)
(in France) a parish priest.
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How to use cure in a sentence
The lacquer cures for 72 hours, and then is sanded by hand to buff out any imperfections.
For a man who invests in cures for aging, his answer was surprisingly unambitious.
Ditto medical cures of established HIV infection with the current generation of antivirals.It’s Impossible to Cure a Baby With HIV, No Matter How Seductive the Hope May Be | Kent Sepkowitz | July 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Antibiotic resistant bacteria is the latest target for scientific ‘cures.’
Perhaps the dead would be novelists or homeless or researching cures for diseases.
German tobacco cures well, and some of the finer sorts make excellent cigar wrappers and are much esteemed throughout Europe.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
Ohio tobacco of all kinds is a large plant, and cures "down" to fine colors.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
He compares himself to a father who rescues his children from a burning house, to a physician who cures the blind.Beacon Lights of History, Volume I | John Lord
In some cases such relief carried out for several seasons makes permanent cures.The Treatment of Hay Fever | George Frederick Laidlaw
So I will not argue the matter at all, but simply state the result of my observation that faradic electricity cures hay-fever.The Treatment of Hay Fever | George Frederick Laidlaw
British Dictionary definitions for cure (1 of 2)
(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 parish: the cure of souls
a process or method of preserving meat, fish, etc, by salting, pickling, or smoking
- cureless, adjective
- curer, noun
British Dictionary definitions for curé (2 of 2)
a parish priest in France
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Other Idioms and Phrases with cure
see kill or cure; ounce of prevention (is worth a pound of cure); sure cure.
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