cu·​ra·​tion kyu̇-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce curation (audio)
plural curations
: the act or an instance of curating or selecting
"I think what's best about video store collections is that they're the work of some 20, 30 years of an obsessed human being's curation," [Tim League] explained.Gabe Cohn and Adam Powell
: such as
: the act or an instance of selecting and organizing artistic works for presentation in an exhibit, show, etc.
the careful curation that went into the exhibit
the museum's curation team
participated in the show's curation process
: the act or process of selecting and organizing (something, such as articles or images) for distribution or publication
Content curation is the process of sifting through and selecting online content to add to a website.James Warrington and Giulia Bottaro
Algorithms are basically the secret sauce that fuels modern social networks and streaming platforms. … They're good at both maximizing audience size and cheaply filling homepages with limited need for manual editorial curation.Tom McKay
Those who subscribe get a box of books tailored to their likes and dislikes: The careful curation is based on responses to questions about favorite and least favorite authors, and even a review of the recipient's Goodreads profile.Angela Haupt
also : the items selected and organized
These are just some of the latest in our curation of early Black Friday and holiday deals, which you can peruse right here in our dedicated guide. Nona Porter
Don't be afraid to mix into your curation some great content about a sport or recreational activity you love, or a charity or community cause you support. Jay Palter
: the act or process of selecting and bringing together people or groups for a specific purpose : coordination sense 1
We've had to be very deliberate with the curation of the team by bringing on those with the right skillsets, who are not only compatible but also believe in our company culture.Dan Jovevski, quoted at
: the art or profession of a curator
I decided on a career field in high school: museum curation.Katherine Kelly-Coviello

Examples of curation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This highly popular festival mixes genres like rap, funk, samba, R&B, pagode, samba-reggae and others through unique curation. Okla Jones, Essence, 17 Nov. 2023 So why isn’t every healthcare facility rushing to automate its entire clinical data curation process? Brian Foy, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 Several standout picks from the tastemaker’s curation include Spanx loungewear, a Telfar bag, and Beats headphones, which are currently marked down by 43 percent. Isabel Garcia, Peoplemag, 1 Nov. 2023 The product design entails thoughtful solutions for curation, promotion, advertising sales, data transparency and financial participation. Jason Kilar, Variety, 26 Oct. 2023 According to a press release, the sale, titled From Me to You, is a curation of sought-after, iconic, and unseen items from the personal archive of Nigo. Nicole Acosta, Peoplemag, 10 Nov. 2023 Third, new systems will be needed to incentivize data sharing along with standards for privacy, security, access, aggregation, anonymization, and curation. Wayne C. Koff, STAT, 6 Oct. 2023 This stocking stuffer set includes a curation of creative and engaging gifts, including an interactive book, crayons, ABC flash card ring, llama maraca, and wobble toy. Moriah Mason, Southern Living, 31 Oct. 2023 There’s tons of metallics (which Roach loves to incorporate during the holidays), accents of pink, and a blend of masculine and feminine styles found in his curation of ornaments, table toppers and more. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 17 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle English curacioun "curing, restoration to health, medical treatment," borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French curacion, borrowed from Latin cūrātiōn-, cūrātiō "superintendence, taking care, treatment of a disease or sick person, office to which duties are attached," from cūrāre "to watch over, attend, treat (sick persons), restore to health" + -tiōn- -tiō, suffix of verbal action — more at cure entry 2

Note: In contemporary use curation is probably a new formation from cur(ate) entry 2 + -ation.

First Known Use

1968, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of curation was in 1968

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Cite this Entry

“Curation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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