cure

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See also: Cure, curé, and curê

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Etymology 1[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

cure (plural cures)

  1. A method, device or medication that restores good health.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 5, in 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 after a disease, or to soundness after injury.
  3. (figuratively) A solution to a problem.
    • (Can we date this quote by Dryden and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Cold, hunger, prisons, ills without a cure.
    • (Can we date this quote by Bishop Hurd and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      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.
    • (Can we date this quote by Fuller and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      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 by Spelman and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      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.
    Synonym: curacy
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English curen, from Old French curer, from Latin cūrāre.

Verb[edit]

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

  1. (transitive) To restore to health.
    Synonym: heal
    Unaided nature cured him.
  2. (transitive) To bring (a disease or its bad effects) to an end.
    • 1591, William Shakespeare, “The Second Part of Henry the Sixt, []”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act V, scene i]:
      Whose smile and frown, like to Achilles' spear, / Is able with the change to kill and cure.
    • 2013 June 22, “Snakes and ladders”, in 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. To preserve (food), typically by salting
  8. (intransitive) To solidify or gel.
    The parts were curing in the autoclave.
  9. (obsolete, intransitive) To become healed.
  10. (obsolete) To pay heed; to care; to give attention.
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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French cure, from Old French cure, from Latin cūra, from Proto-Indo-European *kʷeys- (to heed).

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cure f (plural cures)

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

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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. third-person singular present subjunctive of curer
  5. second-person singular imperative of curer

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Friulian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin cūra.

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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]

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Noun[edit]

cure f

  1. plural of cura

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Middle English[edit]

Noun[edit]

cure

  1. Alternative form of curre

Middle French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French cure.

Noun[edit]

cure f (plural cures)

  1. desire

Descendants[edit]

  • French: cure

Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin cūra.

Noun[edit]

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

  1. medical attention
  2. worry
  3. desire

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References[edit]

  • Godefroy, Frédéric, Dictionnaire de l'ancienne langue française et de tous ses dialectes du IXe au XVe siècle (1881) (cure)

Portuguese[edit]

Verb[edit]

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

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin currere, present active infinitive of currō, from Proto-Italic *korzō, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱers-. 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.