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noun \ˈkyu̇r\

Simple Definition of cure

  • : something (such as a drug or medical treatment) that stops a disease and makes someone healthy again

  • : something that ends a problem or improves a bad situation

  • : the act of making someone healthy again after an illness

Full Definition of cure

  1. 1 a :  spiritual charge :  care b :  pastoral charge of a parish

  2. 2 a :  recovery or relief from a disease b :  something (as a drug or treatment) that cures a disease c :  a course or period of treatment <take the cure for alcoholism> d :  spa 1

  3. 3 :  a complete or permanent solution or remedy <seeking a cure for unemployment>

  4. 4 :  a process or method of curing

cure·less play \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of cure

  1. This is a problem that has no easy cure.

  2. The doctors were unable to effect a cure because the disease had spread too far.

Origin of cure

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin & Latin; Medieval Latin cura, cure of souls, from Latin, care

First Known Use: 14th century




Simple Definition of cure

  • : to make (someone) healthy again after an illness

  • : to stop (a disease) by using drugs or other medical treatments

  • : to provide a solution for (something)

Full Definition of cure


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to restore to health, soundness, or normality b :  to bring about recovery from <cure a disease>

  3. 2 a :  to deal with in a way that eliminates or rectifies <his small size, which time would cure for him — William Faulkner> b :  to free from something objectionable or harmful <trying to cure him of a bad habit>

  4. 3 :  to prepare or alter especially by chemical or physical processing for keeping or use <fish cured with salt>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 a :  to undergo a curing process b :  set 11

  7. 2 :  to effect a cure

cur·er noun

Examples of cure

  1. The infection can be cured with antibiotics.

  2. She was cured of any illusions she had about college after her first semester.

  3. My wife cured me of most of my bad habits.

14th Century

First Known Use of cure

14th century


noun cu·ré \kyu̇-ˈrā, ˈkyu̇r-ˌā\

Definition of curé

  1. :  a parish priest

Origin of curé

French, from Old French, from Medieval Latin curatus — more at curate

First Known Use: 1655

Rhymes with curé

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CURE Defined for Kids



noun \ˈkyu̇r\

Definition of cure

  1. 1 :  something (as a drug or medical treatment) that brings about recovery from a disease or illness :  remedy <a cure for colds>

  2. 2 :  recovery or relief from a disease <His cure was complete.>

  3. 3 :  something that solves a problem or improves a bad situation

Word Root of cure

The Latin word cūrāre, meaning “to care,” gives us the root cur. Words from the Latin cūrāre have something to do with giving care. A cure, something that heals sickness, is something that cares for someone's health. Anything accurate has been carefully measured or supplied so that it is free from mistakes. A curator is a person who cares for the things in a museum.




Definition of cure


  1. 1 :  to make or become healthy or sound again <The doctor pronounced her cured.>

  2. 2 :  to bring about recovery from <cure a disease>

  3. 3 :  to prepare by or undergo a chemical or physical process for use or storage <Cure the pork in brine.> <The pork is curing.>

  4. 4 :  to provide a solution for <The threat of having to repeat fifth grade cured me of bad study habits.>

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