cure

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French, cure (care, cure, healing, cure of souls), from Latin cura (care, medical attendance, cure)

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Noun[edit]

cure (plural cures)

  1. A method, device or medication that restores good health.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 5, Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      When you're well enough off so's you don't have to fret about anything but your heft or your diseases you begin to get queer, I suppose. And the queerer the cure for those ailings the bigger the attraction. A place like the Right Livers' Rest was bound to draw freaks, same as molasses draws flies.
  2. Act of healing or state of being healed; restoration to health from disease, or to soundness after injury.
    • Shakespeare
      Past hope! past cure!
    • Bible, Luke xii. 32
      I do cures to-day and to-morrow.
  3. A solution to a problem.
    • Dryden
      Cold, hunger, prisons, ills without a cure.
    • Bishop Hurd
      the proper cure of such prejudices
  4. A process of preservation, as by smoking.
  5. A process of solidification or gelling.
  6. (engineering) A process whereby a material is caused to form permanent molecular linkages by exposure to chemicals, heat, pressure and/or weathering.
  7. (obsolete) Care, heed, or attention.
    • Chaucer
      Of study took he most cure and most heed.
    • Fuller
      vicarages of great cure, but small value
  8. Spiritual charge; care of soul; the office of a parish priest or of a curate.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Spelman
      The appropriator was the incumbent parson, and had the cure of the souls of the parishioners.
  9. That which is committed to the charge of a parish priest or of a curate; a curacy.

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Verb[edit]

cure (third-person singular simple present cures, present participle curing, simple past and past participle cured)

  1. (transitive) To restore to health.
    Unaided nature cured him.
  2. (transitive) To bring (a disease or its bad effects) to an end.
    • William Shakespeare
      Whose smile and frown, like to Achilles' spear, / Is able with the change to kill and cure.
    • 2013 June 22, “Snakes and ladders”, The Economist, volume 407, number 8841, page 76: 
      Risk is everywhere. From tabloid headlines insisting that coffee causes cancer (yesterday, of course, it cured it) to stern government warnings about alcohol and driving, the world is teeming with goblins. For each one there is a frighteningly precise measurement of just how likely it is to jump from the shadows and get you.
    Unaided nature cured his ailments.
  3. (transitive) To cause to be rid of (a defect).
    Experience will cure him of his naïveté.
  4. (transitive) To prepare or alter especially by chemical or physical processing for keeping or use.
    The smoke and heat cures the meat.
  5. (intransitive) To bring about a cure of any kind.
  6. (intransitive) To be undergoing a chemical or physical process for preservation or use.
    The meat was put in the smokehouse to cure.
  7. (intransitive) To solidify or gel.
    The parts were curing in the autoclave.
  8. (obsolete, intransitive) To become healed.
  9. (obsolete) To pay heed; to care; to give attention.
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  • (restore to good health): heal
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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French, from Latin cura.

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cure f (plural cures)

  1. (archaic) care, concern
  2. (obsolete) healing, recovery
  3. (medicine) treatment; cure
  4. (religion) vicarage, presbytery

Verb[edit]

cure

  1. first-person singular present indicative of curer
  2. third-person singular present indicative of curer
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of curer
  4. first-person singular present subjunctive of curer
  5. second-person singular imperative of curer

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Friulian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin cura.

Noun[edit]

cure f (plural curis)

  1. treatment
  2. cure

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Galician[edit]

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cure

  1. first-person singular present subjunctive of curar
  2. third-person singular present subjunctive of curar

Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

cure f

  1. plural form of cura

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Old French[edit]

Noun[edit]

cure f (oblique plural cures, nominative singular cure, nominative plural cures)

  1. medical attention
  2. worry

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin currere, present active infinitive of currō. Mostly replaced by the modified variant form curge.

Verb[edit]

a cure (third-person singular present curge, past participle curs3rd conj.

  1. (archaic) to run
  2. (archaic) to flow
  3. (archaic) to drain

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Spanish[edit]

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cure

  1. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of curar.
  2. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of curar.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of curar.

Portuguese[edit]

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cure

  1. first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of curar
  2. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of curar
  3. third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of curar
  4. third-person singular (você) negative imperative of curar