cu·rate | \ˈkyu̇r-ət, 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, ˈkyər-;kyu̇-ˈrāt \
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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Fans will participate by helping curate his set list by selecting their top 20 songs for their cities. Rachel George, Billboard, "Big Sean Announces Unfriendly Reminder Tour Dates," 7 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Common Good may also have a liquor locker or membership program where the team will curate ingredients for a fee. Grace Wong,, "Common Good aims to create new cocktail culture in western suburbs," 13 July 2018 In 1970, Ringgold worked with two other artists to curate the People’s Flag Show, in which artists were invited to display work that challenged desecration laws regarding the flag. Rikki Byrd, Teen Vogue, "The American Flag Was Sewn in Part By A Teenage Black Girl," 4 July 2018 The couple worked with the florist Þórdís Z. to curate local plants rather than import flowers. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "The Sun Literally Never Set at This Wedding in Iceland," 28 June 2018 Explore's new topic channels, meanwhile, offer a useful way to curate Instagram's discovery feed. Madeline Buxton,, "Update Instagram, Stat: You Can Video Chat With Friends Now," 26 June 2018 The company is applying artificial intelligence to put the most relevant tweets at the top of people's feeds, and has added features that curate tweets, photos and videos around events. Bloomberg,, "Twitter beats earnings expectations, but then warns its revenue growth will slow," 25 Apr. 2018 The museum, located in the designer’s hometown of Getaria, commissioned Judith Clark, Fashion Curator at University of the Arts London, to curate and direct the show. Mary Dellas, The Cut, "30 Previously Unseen Balenciaga Designs on Display This Week," 20 Mar. 2018 Besides the clothes, Haas and Weisner also curate art and furniture installations and hold events for each pop-up space. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "These Two Best Friends Turned a High School Fashion Club Into an Avant-Garde Pop-Up Shop," 6 July 2018 On the publishing side, Johns will write and curate a DC pop-up label under the moniker The Killing Zone, focusing on new and lesser known or dormant DC characters and titles. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, "Geoff Johns Exits DC Entertainment for Writing and Producing Deal (Exclusive)," 11 June 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


cu·rate | \ˈkyu̇r-ət \

Kids Definition of curate

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

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