cu·​rate | \ ˈkyu̇r-ət How to pronounce curate (audio) , ˈkyər- also -ˌāt\

Definition of curate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a member of the clergy in charge of a parish sought the counsel of the curate
2 : a member of the clergy serving as assistant (as to a rector) in a parish


cu·​rate | \ ˈkyu̇r-ˌāt How to pronounce curate (audio) , ˈkyər-; kyu̇-ˈrāt How to pronounce curate (audio) \
curated; curating

Definition of curate (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to act as curator of curate a museum an exhibit curated by the museum's director

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His book is more of a curate’s egg than a Viagra pill capable of reviving a flagging conservative philosophy, let alone a hand grenade aimed at the headquarters of Corbynism. The Economist, "On Britain beyond Brexit and the future of Conservatism," 18 June 2019 Facebook used to have real, live human beings curate news stories, as part of the Trending Topics module launched in 2014. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "Apple Tries to Avoid Facebook's Mistakes With 2018 Midterms," 26 June 2018 Tracy also co-curates Ink Press Productions, which specializes in handmade books, letterpress printing and experimental events. Quinn Kelley,, "Tracy Dimond, poet and writer," 12 June 2018 Every three months a different fashion designer curates Cadillac House space and host events there. Jamie Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "Cadillac shuns Detroit, will keep its headquarters in New York," 7 June 2018 The New Craftsmen curates, commissions, and sells unique contemporary objects that are rooted in craftsmanship and narrative. Vogue, "Karen Walker Takes London, From Champagne at Buckingham Palace to Bicycling in Hyde Park," 28 Feb. 2018 Our newsroom curates and hosts nights of true, first-person stories from neighbors and notables. Sarah Riley, The Courier-Journal, "The 2018 Louisville Storytellers Project lineup of live storytelling is here," 24 Jan. 2018 Bimbo’s 365 Club, S.F. Burlesque Extravaganza: Exit Theatre inaugurates a festival featuring more than 30 performers over four days; burlesque stalwart Red Velvet curates. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Arts and Entertainment picks, Feb. 21," 20 Feb. 2018 This Instagram account and related blog curate jaw-dropping shots by both well-known and up-and-coming photographers living in South Korea. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Eight Instagrammers to Follow for an Insider’s View of the Olympic Games," 9 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

There's some vintage apparel and new items from budding retailers displaying their ability to curate merchandise. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Retail Therapy: If had stores and why tech is now a section at crafts retailer Michaels," 21 June 2019 The exhibition was a cross-departmental juncture, with people from different parts of the museum coming together to curate it. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "Brooklyn Museum's "Nobody Promised You Tomorrow" Exhibition Celebrates the Future of Stonewall's Legacy," 17 June 2019 Students help organize, curate, and install the exhibit. National Geographic, "New York City High School Photography Workshop," 17 June 2019 Google Google will curate a selection of games for Stadia Pro, similar to Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Google's play-anywhere Stadia game service gets a Founder's Edition bundle, pricing, and more," 6 June 2019 But many of Martin’s Gen-Z peers share a desire to curate their own online image, says Jason Dorsey, president of the Center for Generational Kinetics, a global Gen Z and millennial research and consulting firm. Caitlin Gibson, Twin Cities, "Gen Z kids are the stars of their parents’ social media — and they have opinions about that," 5 June 2019 Marvel announced that Lamar will also curate and produce Black Panther: The Album along with Top Dawg Entertainment CEO Anthony Tiffith. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "Everything we know about the Marvel superhero film 'Black Panther'," 15 Jan. 2018 But many of Martin's Gen-Z peers share a desire to curate their own online image, says Jason Dorsey, president of the Center for Generational Kinetics, a global Gen Z and millennial research and consulting firm. Caitlin Gibson, Anchorage Daily News, "Gen Z kids are the stars of their parents’ social media - and they have opinions about that," 4 June 2019 Skylight came on board to curate a mix of stores across fashion, food, and design, focusing mainly on brands that have never had a physical shop, and together both companies are planning events for the new corridor in the coming months. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Prabal Gurung Is Reviving Bleecker Street With His First Store," 2 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of curate


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1909, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for curate


Middle English curat "person charged with the care of souls, parish priest," borrowed from Medieval Latin cūrātus, from cūrāre "to have spiritual charge of" + Latin -ātus -ate entry 2 — more at cure entry 2


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English Language Learners Definition of curate

: a member of the clergy in certain churches (such as the Anglican church) who assists the priest in charge of a church or a group of churches


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Kids Definition of curate

: a member of the clergy who assists the rector or vicar of a church

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