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 Chefs selected by the nonprofit curate the guide, which will be updated weekly. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "Trying to eat more local food? Chefs picked 16 Arizona businesses as some of the best," 28 Apr. 2020 Microsoft’s News Bar, Microsoft News, and even Microsoft Edge (and Bing) curate news from over 4,500 sources worldwide. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "How to use the Microsoft News Bar app to get free, quality news," 10 Apr. 2020 Pinna both curates and creates for kids ages 3 to 12. Washington Post, "Alexa, read me a story: Audio content for kids on the rise," 1 Feb. 2020 Its smart displays like the Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max curate collections of your recent images to appear as a screensaver on their displays. Popular Science, "Google’s wants AI to choose your best photos and mail you prints every month," 4 Feb. 2020 Two years ago, Verve Forecast approached Grammy-winning music supervisor Randall Poster (Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Irishman) with a proposition: curate and produce a Hanukkah album. Lyndsey Havens, Billboard, "How HAIM and Jack Black Helped This Grammy-Winning Music Supervisor Curate a Hanukkah Album," 26 Dec. 2019 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 Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, will guest-curate photos on National Geographic's Instagram account today. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Is Guest-Editing National Geographic's Instagram Account," 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 During and leading up to the shows, fans can help curate the set list and ask questions directly to artists on social media. Maya Salam, New York Times, "Katy Perry Performs and Takes Fan Questions," 15 May 2020 There is a lunch and dinner menu at the steakhouse that the chefs helped curate, Triptow says. Narda Pérez, Dallas News, "New modern steakhouse Wicked Butcher is now open in Fort Worth’s Sinclair hotel," 31 Jan. 2020 The Game Awards creator and producer Geoff Keighley will curate content for the event, as well as host and produce pre- and post-show specials for specific news reveals. Patrick Shanley, The Hollywood Reporter, "With No E3, Video Game Industry Comes Together to Launch Summer Game Fest Event," 1 May 2020 Rech's persuasiveness has resulted in an unprecedented collaboration between the grandsons, who agreed to co-curate the show. Carol Vogel, Town & Country, "How Calder and Picasso Were Brought Together By Their Grandsons," 10 Oct. 2016 Then, Scott Grover and Katie Wilson, the owners of the shops, will curate a box of art goodies designed specifically for you (or your friend or kid). Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, "You Can Get a Customized Package of Art Supplies Delivered to Your Doorstep," 15 Apr. 2020 Lindsay LeRoy shared with T+L. The duo went further to curate a playlist with the SIMS Foundation featuring Austin-only artists to accompany the at-home picnic. Scott Bay, Travel + Leisure, "Creative Ways People Are Supporting Small Businesses Amid Coronavirus — and How You Can Help," 3 Apr. 2020 The recipe cards offer one glimpse into her effort to curate her surroundings. Amelia Nierenberg, New York Times, "Own the Recipes of Georgia O’Keeffe," 7 Feb. 2020 Williams and Union teamed up with Amazon Sports to curate a New Year, New You storefront, featuring their health and fitness essentials to kick off the new decade. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "Serena Williams and Gabrielle Union Share Their Fitness Favorites On Amazon To Help With Your New Year’s Resolutions," 7 Jan. 2020

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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 5 Jun. 2020.

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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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