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cu·​rate ˈkyu̇r-ət How to pronounce curate (audio)
 also  -ˌāt
: a member of the clergy in charge of a parish
sought the counsel of the curate
: a member of the clergy serving as assistant (as to a rector) in a parish


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cu·​rate ˈkyu̇r-ˌāt How to pronounce curate (audio)
kyu̇-ˈrāt How to pronounce curate (audio)
curated; curating; curates

transitive verb

: to select (the best or most appropriate) especially for presentation, distribution, or publication
… suggests finding smaller consignment or vintage stores that focus on carefully curating their products and displaying them nicely.Elizabeth Segran
: such as
: to select and organize (artistic works) for presentation in (something, such as an exhibit, show, or program)
Apsáalooke curator Nina Sanders curated the exhibit. She's in Chicago working on an Apsáalooke history exhibition at the Field Museum, coming in March.Darcel Rockett
[Hans] Zimmer has curated the show himself and it will be conducted by Gavin Greenaway and will star Lisa Gerrard.Rory Cashin
The two existing gallery spaces … display an extensive collection of sought-after art curated by a selection of the county's leading artists.Aaliyah Miller
[The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival's] organizers curate a balanced collection of short films, episodic projects and features both by U.S. Latino directors and Latin American artists across genres.Carlos Aguilar
: to select and organize (articles, images, etc.) for distribution or publication
The way TikTok algorithmically curates content for each individual user was also a wildly effective, even if unintentional, advertising tool.Morgan Sung
: to select and bring together (people or groups) for a purpose that is dependent on the specific skills or talents of the members
Edens also curated a team of "local legends," including Olympic gold medalists and National Geographic photographers, to help create the types of guest experiences … that have kept him coming back year after year.Jen Murphy
"This year, Black Thought, Questlove and I attempted to curate a lineup that broke through the genre barriers that often separate us in black culture. To be able to book Mickey Guyton, Kirk Franklin, G Herbo, Wizkid, Wallo & Gillie, and Mary J. Blige on the same lineup was a dream come true."Shawn Gee

Examples of curate in a Sentence

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Over nearly a full year, Ronson was tasked with helping curate songs that perfectly matched what Gerwig had envisioned. Brittany Spanos, Rolling Stone, 26 June 2023 In the film, O’Connor gives Emily a passionate affair with William Weightman (Oliver Jackson-Cohen), a young curate in the local parish. Emily Zemler, Los Angeles Times, 16 Feb. 2023 Occasionally, Stitch Fix will also partner with celebrities and influencers, like Peloton instructor Emma Lovewell, to guest curate collections. Kaitlin Marks, Peoplemag, 23 Feb. 2023 That Emily had a premarital affair with William Weightman (Oliver Jackson-Cohen), a real assistant curate who worked with her father Patrick in the village of Haworth, Yorkshire. Hayley Maitland, Vogue, 17 Feb. 2023 Worse, O’Connor anchors Emily’s artistic coming-of-age to a rote romance with a hunky curate who also tutors her in French. Mark Olsenstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 17 Feb. 2023 Soon, Emily begins taking French lessons from her father’s assistant curate, the serious-minded William Weightman (Oliver Jackson-Cohen). Michelle Mehrtens, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Feb. 2023 The Importance of Being Earnest, Madame Bovary) makes her directorial debut with this partly fictional biopic about a romance between Emily Brontë and a young curate. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, 2 Feb. 2023 That the reclusive Emily had an affair with Weightman, an assistant curate who worked with her father, Patrick, a rector in the Yorkshire town of Haworth. Hayley Maitland, Vogue, 13 Aug. 2022
Forbes convenes and curates the most influential leaders and entrepreneurs who are driving change, transforming business and making a significant impact on the world. Forbes Press Releases, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 Joe Abrams curated the deals section of today’s newsletter. Jessica Mathews, Fortune, 20 Feb. 2024 This helps the pitching coaches curate a specific plan that fits the player’s needs. Jaylon Thompson, Kansas City Star, 18 Feb. 2024 Photos of the week The week in 37 photos 1 of 37 Check out more images from the week that was, curated by CNN Photos. Andrew Torgan, CNN, 18 Feb. 2024 When you're done here, check out more of the best Presidents Day sales of 2024 including J.Crew must-have deals, all curated by Glamour shopping editors who pretty much peruse discounts for a living. Jenifer Calle, Glamour, 17 Feb. 2024 He was named one of the 2023 Responsible 100, a list of socially responsible leaders in New York curated by the media organization City & State. Anna Grace Lee, New York Times, 16 Feb. 2024 Part of Bauer’s process for curating and celebrating wine is to celebrate the person drinking it, as well. Rolling Stone, 16 Feb. 2024 Latvala initially curated Dick’s Picks, but after his August 1999 passing, Lemieux – who celebrated 25 years working with the Dead’s archives on Feb. 1 – took over the series, then only 14 volumes in, along with stewardship of the vault and other future Dead releases. Eric Renner Brown, Billboard, 8 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History



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


back-formation from curator

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1898, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of curate was in the 14th century

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“Curate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


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


Middle English curate "member of the clergy," from Latin curatus (same meaning), from cura "spiritual charge of souls," from earlier cura "care, healing" — related to accurate, cure

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