Definition of cure
- Her cure was complete.
- Quinine is a cure for malaria.
- take the cure for alcoholism
- one of the fashionable cures
- seeking a cure for unemployment
This is a problem that has no easy cure.
The doctors were unable to effect a cure because the disease had spread too far.
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.
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.
: to make (someone) healthy again after an illness
: to stop (a disease) by using drugs or other medical treatments
: to provide a solution for (something)
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