noun \ˈkyr\

: 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

a :  spiritual charge :  care
b :  pastoral charge of a parish
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
:  a complete or permanent solution or remedy <seeking a cure for unemployment>
:  a process or method of curing
cure·less \-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



: 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

transitive verb
a :  to restore to health, soundness, or normality
b :  to bring about recovery from <cure a disease>
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>
:  to prepare or alter especially by chemical or physical processing for keeping or use <fish cured with salt>
intransitive verb
a :  to undergo a curing process
b :  set 11
:  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.

First Known Use of CURE

14th century


noun cu· \ky-ˈrā, ˈkyr-ˌā\

Definition of CURÉ

:  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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