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

Examples of curate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Emily Bronte and her sister Charlotte form a triangle with a curate in 1830s Yorkshire. Los Angeles Times, 5 Mar. 2021 Danielle Scott is a tad stiff as the Rev. Morell’s secretary; Danny Beason is slightly better as a bumbling curate. Washington Post, 30 Sep. 2019 Montgomery served as a curate at St. Luke’s Church in Evanston from 1949 until 1951 and then served as a rector at St. John the Evangelist Church in Flossmoor until 1962. Bob Goldsborough,, 25 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For this article, Hillary Maglin researched a number of products and used their own travel expertise to curate the perfect list of garment bags to pack on your next flight. Hillary Maglin, Travel + Leisure, 6 May 2022 Demeulemeeseter herself will curate the project at the Stazione Leopolda, creating another headline event at a Pitti that will also feature Grace Wales Bonner as guest designer. Luke Leitch, Vogue, 6 May 2022 To begin with, do thorough research and curate a list of influencers who are relevant to your brand/product. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 Musical Director François Tétaz will curate the live performances for the evening. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 7 Apr. 2022 For many of those rides, Whibley would curate special playlists to entertain their baby. Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 23 Mar. 2022 Each season, then, the pair curate a collection of stylish, sustainably minded objects from around the world. New York Times, 10 Mar. 2022 For those who want to curate a more sustainable closet, buying pre-loved pieces is one way to go. Danielle Directo-meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Apr. 2022 Nimah and Paige are fellows on Fortune's Leadership desk, and will help curate the newsletter during their time here. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 24 Mar. 2022 See More

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

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

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