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, "Movies on TV this week: ‘Lust for Life’; ‘Platoon’ and more," 5 Mar. 2021 Apple, Spotify and Google curate lists of top podcasts and recommend them to users. Tali Arbel, Star Tribune, "Extremists exploit a loophole in social moderation: Podcasts," 15 Jan. 2021 Some, such as the Whale Museum on Washington state’s San Juan Island, curate exhibits, and some reflect cultural or historical significance regarding our relationship with whales. Washington Post, "Where the whales are: Discovering marine mammals from shore along the Pacific Coast," 27 Nov. 2020 Danielle Scott is a tad stiff as the Rev. Morell’s secretary; Danny Beason is slightly better as a bumbling curate. Washington Post, "A giddy poet lights up ‘Candida’," 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,, "Episcopal Church Bishop James Montgomery, who steered church through change, dies," 25 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Scott is confirmed as one of the festival’s headliners, and will help curate the rest of the lineup, though additional artists have yet to be announced. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, "Travis Scott’s Astroworld Fest Will Return in November," 30 Apr. 2021 Remember to curate your content to match the platform. Expert Panel®, Forbes, "15 Smart Ways To Optimize A Brand For The Digital Space," 27 Apr. 2021 This feels like a problematic way to curate literature. Washington Post, "Outcry over book ‘censorship’ reveals how online retailers choose books — or don’t," 22 Apr. 2021 Other gardeners opt for a monochromatic look, trying to curate all pink, purple or yellow gardens or sections. Laura Wheatman Hill,, "What do you need for a spring garden?," 11 Apr. 2021 Travel company Inspirato, which helps curate luxury experiences, is offering bespoke itineraries that explore both national and state parks in a Class A or C RV, ranging in size from 21 to 32 feet long. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, "These New RV Vacation Packages Are the Ultimate Way to Explore National Parks," 21 Apr. 2021 Apple also redesigned its podcast app, including a new section called channels that will curate shows. CNN, "Apple unveils a new iPad Pro, colorful iMacs, AirTag and more," 20 Apr. 2021 These companies span across industries to connect those who control P&Ls, simplifying access to influence business, create organic connections, and authentically curate meetings & events. Christopher Gray, Forbes, "Anastasia Williams, Founder Of The AList, Is Connecting And Empowering BIPOC C-Suite Executives And Founders," 8 Apr. 2021 Timberlake is invested in the project and will help curate the music at the Twelve Thirty Club. Jeremy Repanich, Robb Report, "Justin Timberlake Is Backing a Luxe New Supper Club in the Heart of Nashville," 19 Mar. 2021

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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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“Curate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce curate (audio) \

Kids Definition of curate

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

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