In Latin the noun cura had the general sense of “the care, concern, or attention given to something or someone.” It might refer to “medical care or healing.” Christians, however, used the word chiefly in regard to “the care of souls,” since that was one of their main concerns. The word passed into French as cure and then into English with this spiritual sense. The English noun curate, meaning “one who takes care of souls, a member of the clergy,” developed from this sense. Later the medical senses of cure became more common.
This is a problem that has no easy cure.
The doctors were unable to effect a cure because the disease had spread too far. Verb
The infection can be cured with antibiotics.
She was cured of any illusions she had about college after her first semester.
My wife cured me of most of my bad habits.
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Also, as the concrete cures, the water in it evaporates, reducing the volume of the concrete.—Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, 22 Sep. 2023 Then one day, hopefully, the doctors or the scientists can come up with a cure.—Breanna Bell, Variety, 20 Sep. 2023 Long Covid does not seem to be self-resolving, in the sense of spontaneous recovery or recovery in the absence of a cure or a treatment that’s been validated.—Elizabeth Cooney, STAT, 20 Sep. 2023 But the fight for a medicine or even a cure feels worth it.—Adithi Ramakrishnan, Dallas News, 12 Sep. 2023 Taking place after the final episode of the original Walking Dead series, Daryl needs to save a young girl to find the cure for humanity.—oregonlive, 10 Sep. 2023 There is no cure for autism but there are many therapies that can reduce symptoms and improve quality of life.—Helena Oliviero, ajc, 6 Sep. 2023 Though a cure for her chronic pain continued to elude her, her writing provided a form of solace.—Hannah Zeavin, The New Yorker, 14 Sep. 2023 Money raised during the 2.75-mile walk through Balboa Park supports the nonprofit’s educational programming, as well as local research to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.—Lauren J. Mapp, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Sep. 2023
By the time Jaenisch's case was cured at age 31, the landscape of hepatitis C treatment had changed dramatically.—Michelle Andrews, CBS News, 15 Sep. 2023 The nails are made from real gel and require no time to dry or cure.—Nykia Spradley, Glamour, 7 Sep. 2023 Experts recommend patients prioritize a healthy lifestyle, but understand that it's not guaranteed to cure or halt depression; outside treatments are available and often necessary.—Kaitlin Vogel, Health, 15 Sep. 2023 Monica was venerated by the Catholic Church after curing her son, Augustine of Hippo, of heresy.—Matt Thompson, Spin, 10 Sep. 2023 While hemp seed oil and CBD oil may offer potential relief from anxiety symptoms, they are not intended to cure anxiety disorders.—Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 7 Sep. 2023 Expectations can be the kill or cure line for a team.—Sam Cohn, Baltimore Sun, 31 Aug. 2023 Just as normal polish, gel polish is painted directly onto the nail to add color to your manicure, except gel is cured under a UV light.—India Espy-Jones, Essence, 31 Aug. 2023 Kinder and his family prayed for Trent all those years ago, asking for healing, pleading for him to be cured.—The Indianapolis Star, 30 Aug. 2023 See More
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Middle English, "attention, effort, care, responsibility, spiritual charge, medical treatment, remedy," borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Medieval Latin & Latin; Medieval Latin cūra "care, attention, spiritual charge, treatment, cure," going back to Latin, "worry, care, attention, solicitude, treatment," probably going back to pre-Latin *kwois-ā, derivative of an Indo-European verbal base *kweis- "heed, attend to" (whence Old Irish ad·cí "(s/he) sees," Avestan cōišt "has fixed, determined")
Middle English curen "to attend to, be responsible for, restore to health," borrowed from Anglo-French curer, going back to Latin cūrāre "to watch over, attend, treat (sick persons), restore to health" (Medieval Latin, "to have spiritual charge of"), derivative of cūra "care, attention, treatment, cure" — more at cure entry 1
French, from Old French, from Medieval Latin curatus — more at curate
: to prepare by a chemical or physical process for use or storage
: to go through a curing process
hay curing in the sun
Middle English cure "care of souls," from early French cure (same meaning), from Latin cura "spiritual charge of souls," from earlier cura "care, healing" — related to accurate, curate, curious, secure
In Latin the noun cura had the general sense of "the care, concern, or attention given to something or someone." Often it referred to "medical care or healing." The Roman Christians, however, used the word chiefly in regard to "the care of souls," since that was one of their main concerns. The word passed into French as cure and then into English with this spiritual sense. The English noun curate, meaning "one who takes care of souls, a member of the clergy," developed from this sense. Later the medical senses of cure became more common. Latin cura was also the basis for the verb accurare, meaning "to take care of." This verb became the source of our word accurate, which at first meant "done with care."