curate

noun
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

curate

verb
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, chicagotribune.com, 25 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 The Blacklist is run by an anonymous team of cannabis advocates and activists who curate cannabis industry stories. Hazey Taughtme, Rolling Stone, 3 Mar. 2022 Why would the museum want to curate a lightning rod? Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Oct. 2021 Woorion maintains a robust database, which allows his group to poll members and use data to evolve and curate the information their community needs the most. Washington Post, 23 Apr. 2022 Because of this, consumers have to specifically curate their page so that the algorithm reflects their interests, rather than relying on TikTok to do it for them. ELLE, 23 Apr. 2022 For this article, Kaitlyn McInnis interviewed optometrists and sunglasses designers to get their best tips and used her experience as a travel writer and sunglasses collector and enthusiast to curate the best options to suit most needs. Kaitlyn Mcinnis, Travel + Leisure, 22 Apr. 2022 The Netflix star will promote Pink's gender-free collection and curate a list of his favorite products. Naledi Ushe, USA TODAY, 21 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of curate

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1909, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for curate

Noun

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

Verb

back-formation from curator

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“Curate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/curate. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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curate

noun
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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