Main definitions of curate in English

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(also assistant curate)

noun

  • 1A member of the clergy engaged as assistant to a vicar, rector, or parish priest.

    • ‘Two years ago, he was appointed parish curate completing a total of nine years in Tullow.’
    • ‘In 1976 he became assistant curate at Cheam in Surrey and after five years became head of religious studies and chaplain at Radley College in Oxford.’
    • ‘A campaign has begun in earnest to persuade The Vatican to declare a former curate of Clonmore Parish Holy.’
    • ‘His first appointment, after further studies in Rome, was as assistant curate in a rustic hamlet 15 miles east of Krakow.’
    • ‘Afterwards he said he was looking forward to taking up his new responsibilities as assistant curate at St Mary's, Barnsley.’
    • ‘We take this opportunity to welcome our new curate.’
    • ‘The local curate expressed understanding at their sense of loss.’
    • ‘But in a letter to the village magazine, the assistant curate said the work on the windows had used up the funds available for repairs to the church.’
    • ‘A very warm welcome is extended to the new curate for Rathdowney parish.’
    • ‘Two years later he went to England and became a curate.’
    • ‘An overawed young curate is having tea with his vicar.’
    • ‘In a hard-hitting sermon, the young curate hit out at a lack of parental responsibility in regard to children.’
    • ‘Keeping on the religious track, I must admit I found this link on an Anglican curate's blog.’
    • ‘A former baseball player has been appointed an assistant curate.’
    • ‘Since 1994 he has served as curate in our parish living in Kiltegan village.’
    • ‘There are lists of rectors, curates, and members who have been ordained in the ministry.’
    • ‘After his studies he returned to Galway Diocese and was appointed a curate in Salthill.’
    • ‘Two years later a meretricious curate pulled them down from the shelf and bought them.’
    • ‘He has now been appointed a diocesan curate in Allen, County Kildare.’
    • ‘Before joining Holy Rood he was assistant curate at St George's Church in Tyldesley.’
    1. 1.1archaic A minister with pastoral responsibility.

Origin

Middle English: from medieval Latin curatus, from Latin cura ‘care’.

Pronunciation

curate

/ˈkjʊərət/

Main definitions of curate in English

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verb

[with object]
  • 1Select, organize, and look after the items in (a collection or exhibition)

    ‘both exhibitions are curated by the Centre's director’
    • ‘Tate Britain has curated an excellent exhibition, but, despite the recent extension, the gallery needs more room.’
    • ‘He has curated exhibitions on 20 th-century British artists and the decorative arts.’
    • ‘He has had ten years of museum experience curating exhibitions, commissioning new works, and developing artist residency programs.’
    • ‘It is a brilliantly curated exhibition that you can view at home because it's in a book.’
    • ‘The exhibition has been curated to fit a number of different thematic topics, which, it is understood, must be seen chronologically.’
    • ‘Her true success, however, lies in curating an exhibition that brings to light the power of the sculptors of Venda once more in a show that demands more than one visit.’
    • ‘To explore this very situation, I am curating a small exhibition at Chambers Fine Art in New York.’
    • ‘Building or curating a fossil collection of research value is a task comparable to other commonly recognized tasks, such as setting up a major analytical instrument, and should be similarly evaluated for tenure and promotion purposes.’
    • ‘A Question of Place is a finely curated exhibition that provides a platform to a group of artists who have all shared a struggle to find their places in the world.’
    • ‘Over the past decade, my father has been slowly curating a collection of AIDS posters from all over the world, for the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda.’
    • ‘While working on current exhibitions, she is also curating an exhibition on contemporary African art for 2003.’
    • ‘A number of displays were carefully curated, scholarly exhibitions.’
    • ‘In curating the exhibition, she took a very hands-off approach, beyond providing the artists the opportunity to resolve new ideas in a public setting.’
    • ‘He curated an exhibition a couple of years ago which included a letter on a potsherd in Coptic.’
    • ‘Project Rooms, a series of individually curated solo exhibitions, will also make its debut at Art Miami.’
    • ‘Plus, I am really excited to be guest curating a large exhibition from the museum's wonderful American Folk Art Collection.’
    • ‘He has been curating this collection in the Denver Museum of Nature and Science for many years.’
    • ‘She asks how the accomplished writer approached the less familiar task of curating an exhibition that explored the drama of drapery from the early Renaissance.’
    • ‘She continues writing articles, and curating exhibitions in the tradition of experimental art.’
    • ‘Some of her visual material comes from the architects but much is her own, shot as she buzzes around the world curating exhibitions.’
    1. 1.1 Select the performers or performances that will feature in (an arts event or programme)
      ‘in past years the festival has been curated by the likes of David Bowie’
      • ‘Six years ago, me and a mate went to the Meltdown festival that John Peel was curating at the South Bank centre.’
      • ‘In 1990 he curated the U.S. participation in two Italian video festivals, "Taormina Arte Video" and "Riccione TTV."’
      • ‘It's a great insane ending to a brilliantly curated day of music.’
      • ‘She has curated many sound performances, exhibitions and events.’
      • ‘The Observer is media partner of this year's Meltdown festival, which is curated by Patti Smith.’
      • ‘The concert is part of this Meltdown Festival curated by Morrissey.’
    2. 1.2 Select, organize, and present (online content, merchandise, information, etc.), typically using professional or expert knowledge.
      ‘people not only want to connect when using a network but they also enjoy getting credit for sharing or curating information’
      ‘a curated alternative to the world's most popular video portal’
      • ‘Blueprint is making one of the only serious efforts at collecting, carefully curating and providing information to scientists that would not otherwise be made available in a computer-readable format.’
      • ‘It's a curated platform with 225,000 apps.’
      • ‘The service has a huge database of locations curated by users, and you and other participants can trade virtual items that you've collect.’
      • ‘We're not interested in raw numbers, but ensuring that our valued customers enjoy and appreciate the curated news and the eloquent writers whom we employ, etc. etc.’
      • ‘The immediate safe comfortable benefits of curated computing are obvious, but If we all shifted towards curated computing...we'd be losing a big part of what makes the internet great.’
      • ‘It appears that consumers like the integrated, curated systems and platforms that Apple has created.’
      • ‘Mr Hirschorn said that people not only want to connect when using a network but they also enjoy getting credit for sharing or curating information.’

Origin

Late 19th century: back-formation from curator.

Pronunciation

curate

/kjʊ(ə)ˈreɪt/