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

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

to effect a cure.
to become cured.

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
Related formscure·less, adjectivecure·less·ly, adverbcur·er, nounhalf-cured, adjectiveo·ver·cured, adjectivesem·i·cured, adjectiveun·cured, adjectivewell-cured, adjective

Synonyms for cure

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for curing

healing, sanative

Examples from the Web for curing

Contemporary Examples of curing

Historical Examples of curing

  • That is, he could work wonders like the fairies and excel the doctors in curing diseases.

    Welsh Fairy Tales

    William Elliott Griffis

  • I have great hopes of curing the child, if she can be well fed.

  • I think something else must have had a hand in curing me, Tom.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • The only certain means of curing them consists in not contracting them.

  • The generals accordingly, having recognised the defect, set about curing it.



British Dictionary definitions for curing



(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
  1. to treat or finish (a substance) by chemical or physical means
  2. to vulcanize (rubber)
  3. 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



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 curing



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

curing in Medicine




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 curing


see kill or cure; ounce of prevention (is worth a pound of cure); sure cure.

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