• Cure


    • RP IPA: /kjʊə(ɹ)/, /kjɔː(ɹ)/
    • Rhymes: -ʊə(ɹ), -ɔː(ɹ)
    • US IPA: /kjʊɹ/, /kjɔɹ/, /kjɝ/


    From Old French, cure ("care, cure, healing, cure of souls"), from Latin cura ("care, medical attendance, cure")

    Full definition of cure



    (plural cures)
    1. A method, device or medication that restores good health.
      • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, Mr. Pratt's Patients Chapter 5, When you're well enough off so's you don't have to fret about anything but your heft or your diseases you begin to get queer, I suppose. And the queerer the cure for those ailings the bigger the attraction. A place like the Right Livers' Rest was bound to draw freaks, same as molasses draws flies.
    2. Act of healing or state of being healed; restoration to health from disease, or to soundness after injury.
      • ShakespearePast hope! past cure!
      • Bible, Luke xii. 32I do cures to-day and to-morrow.
    3. A solution to a problem.
      • DrydenCold, hunger, prisons, ills without a cure.
      • Bishop Hurdthe proper cure of such prejudices
    4. A process of preservation, as by smoking.
    5. A process of solidification or gelling.
    6. (engineering) A process whereby a material is caused to form permanent molecular linkages by exposure to chemicals, heat, pressure and/or weathering.
    7. (obsolete) Care, heed, or attention.
      • ChaucerOf study took he most cure and most heed.
      • Fullervicarages of great cure, but small value
    8. Spiritual charge; care of soul; the office of a parish priest or of a curate.
      • unknown date SpelmanThe appropriator was the incumbent parson, and had the cure of the souls of the parishioners.
    9. That which is committed to the charge of a parish priest or of a curate; a curacy.


    1. (transitive) To restore to health.
      Unaided nature cured him.
    2. (transitive) To bring (a disease or its bad effects) to an end.
      • William ShakespeareWhose smile and frown, like to Achilles' spear,
        Is able with the change to kill and cure.
      • 2013-06-22, Snakes and ladders, Risk is everywhere. From tabloid headlines insisting that coffee causes cancer (yesterday, of course, it cured it) to stern government warnings about alcohol and driving, the world is teeming with goblins. For each one there is a frighteningly precise measurement of just how likely it is to jump from the shadows and get you.
    3. Unaided nature cured his ailments.
    4. (transitive) To cause to be rid of (a defect).
      Experience will cure him of his naïveté.
    5. (transitive) To prepare or alter especially by chemical or physical processing for keeping or use.
      The smoke and heat cures the meat.
    6. (intransitive) To bring about a cure of any kind.
    7. (intransitive) To be undergoing a chemical or physical process for preservation or use.
      The meat was put in the smokehouse to cure.
    8. (intransitive) To solidify or gel.
      The parts were curing in the autoclave.
    9. (obsolete, intransitive) To become healed.
    10. (obsolete) To pay heed; to care; to give attention.


    • (restore to good health) heal

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