Main definitions of cure in English

: cure1curé2

cure1

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Relieve (a person or animal) of the symptoms of a disease or condition.

    ‘he was cured of the disease’
    • ‘And the mysterious opening sequence, in which a teenage boy is cured of his stammer by a hypnotist, eludes explanation and classification.’
    • ‘Marta's path to becoming a healer began when, as a child, she believed she was cured of a paralysis through prayer.’
    • ‘And even patients whose hearts beat irregularly all the time can be cured about 75 percent of the time.’
    • ‘Most English historians were cured of such flatulent emotion by the carnage of the first world war, the desolation of the great slump and the perilously tight margin of victory in the second world war.’
    • ‘Many go to visit it and there are stories of people being cured of serious ailments because they had the faith to do their religious practice in this place.’
    • ‘David found himself the subject of a phenomenon as he was unexplainably cured of the Crohn's disease with which he suffered for 14 years while on a trip to Medjugorje.’
    • ‘I will make sure you are cured of whatever that blackguard did to you!’
    • ‘However I'm not cured of the wretched cold and cough that have been my companions for over a week now.’
    • ‘He says that he was cured of them in 1990 and there is no reason to doubt this.’
    • ‘Her small son was cured of reflux, which he had since birth.’
    • ‘As a side-effect, I was also cured of my desire for self-abuse, and my craving for fingernails.’
    • ‘But if I'd hoped that somehow our shared experience that night had gone both ways, I was soon cured of that fantasy.’
    • ‘In some cases, they can completely cure the patient of the illness.’
    • ‘Many's the baby in arms was cured of the thrush and many's the old man was cured of the ringworm in a public house snug by the genuine and original faith healers who would receive a bottle of stout as payment.’
    • ‘I am cured of my bout of tonsillitis and i am now fighting fit, but none the less it has been a tough few days.’
    • ‘But I think I am finally cured of my Floyd fascination.’
    • ‘Now 31, their son is completely cured of autism.’
    • ‘The girl is cured of her sickness, leading one to believe that perhaps all she needed was some physical contact.’
    • ‘A Swindon woman who says she was cured of severe back pain by a bracelet was so impressed with her return to health that she has now abandoned a career as a driving instructor to sell them full-time.’
    • ‘One of our conclusions at the closing of this conference could very well be that after the digital revolution we are all cured of our techno-phobia.’
    heal, restore to health, make well, make better, restore, rehabilitate, treat successfully
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    1. 1.1 Eliminate (a disease or condition) with medical treatment.
      ‘this technology could be used to cure diabetes’
      • ‘If the cancer has spread to other parts of your body, treatment will not cure the cancer.’
      • ‘When my flatmate told me about it, my headache was instantly cured!’
      • ‘At least two to four procedures should be applied daily until the illness is completely cured.’
      • ‘When you're first diagnosed, it's likely you'll be interested in treatments that cure cancer.’
      • ‘Faith healers cure illness by prayer or touch.’
      • ‘They have seen medications alleviate pain, cure infections, and diminish anxiety.’
      • ‘There, children died of diseases that are easily cured in the world outside.’
      • ‘Who knows, maybe we might have even cured AIDS, or landed on the moon by now!’
      • ‘A warm tingle seemed to have sparked in my every cell; my headache was suddenly miraculously cured.’
      • ‘Tribal peoples have various applications of medicinal/common plants to cure this ailment.’
      • ‘He claims his vitamin therapy can even cure cancer.’
      • ‘If colorectal cancer is found early enough, it can usually be cured by surgery.’
      • ‘This goes to show that correct homoeopathic treatment not only cures the disease, but also restores health at a lower cost.’
      • ‘Having spent much of her life until she was 40 as an invalid, travel miraculously cured her ailments.’
      • ‘The lesions are widespread and cannot be cured by surgery or embolization.’
      • ‘He died after a second bone marrow transplant could not cure the disease.’
      • ‘There is no available medical treatment that immediately cures bronchopulmonary dysplasia.’
      • ‘But this is Hollywood, and no one's claiming to cure cancer here.’
      • ‘We win every time we create a new job or cure an old ailment.’
      • ‘Her diagnosis is spot on; her holistic therapy has already cured all my ills.’
    2. 1.2 Solve (a problem)
      ‘a bid to trace and cure the gearbox problems’
      • ‘They may have gone some way to cure the traffic problem in the village with the new ramps, but what about the roads themselves?’
      • ‘The law will not even cure the problem that inspired it.’
      • ‘Not only do they fail to cure the problems they are hired to solve; they make the problems worse.’
      • ‘This hasn't cured the problem, only helped in moving it to another area.’
      • ‘Unless you have a permanent device I don't think you can cure the problem.’
      • ‘But the tendency is then to think that we've cured the problem.’
      • ‘A lot of money has been spent on traffic management schemes but none of it has cured the problem.’
      • ‘Nothing up to this point has cured what was not in the written document.’
      • ‘And I think the best way to cure that problem is to show them some results.’
      • ‘Maybe the small scale man on a bicycle, if not curing the problem completely, can certainly help improve matters.’
      • ‘We discussed why neither the old-time remedy of traditional reform nor the wonder drug of vouchers is likely to cure this problem.’
      • ‘In most of the cases we're not actually curing the problems, we're finding ways around them.’
      • ‘But clearly the very deep sickness in the system itself is not so easily cured.’
      • ‘It looked as though new glow plugs had cured the starting problem but this morning, after standing out all night, it was just as difficult to get the darn thing going as it was before.’
      • ‘Making sure that waiting times are genuinely cut won't cure all the problems, but it would help.’
      • ‘I also remembered how the council cured the problem of the starlings and the thought that this could be applied to the people who insist on depositing this gum everywhere crossed my mind.’
      • ‘In the past, victims of severe blushing were prescribed beta-blockers or anti - depressants, or offered counselling, none of which cured the problem.’
      • ‘I believe that returning to the tradition is part of the way to cure the ethical problem.’
      • ‘The money will help to cure the flooding problem and will also ensure that the road surface water from the Carlow road will also be piped.’
      rectify, remedy, put right, set right, right, set to rights, fix, mend, repair, heal, make better, ameliorate, alleviate, ease
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  • 2Preserve (meat, fish, tobacco, or an animal skin) by salting, drying, or smoking.

    ‘home-cured ham’
    • ‘Their flesh was cured and preserved into amulets.’
    • ‘Out of one oven came a complete mini-pumpkin, the hollow inside filled with rice, chestnuts and cured meat.’
    • ‘Serve with salad, gherkins and cold sliced cured meats and ham.’
    • ‘Around three million Melton Mowbray pies, which contain pork rather than cured meat, are made in the Leicestershire borough every year.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, he has called on tobacco farmers to use electricity to cure their tobacco and not timber because depletion of trees would cause harm to the environment.’
    • ‘Poorly cured skins of some darkly furred animal clothed it, adding to its emanating body odor, which attracted a small swarm of flies.’
    • ‘Another gripe is salt levels - fractionally higher in some organic cured meats, and mayonnaise, than in their non-organic counterparts.’
    • ‘Pork was cured with salt and became ham or bacon.’
    • ‘Safely refreeze cured meats that are still cold to the touch (40 degrees or less).’
    • ‘Overall, 20 gold medals went to Irish companies submitting cured meats, ice cream jams, chutneys, coffees chocolates and smoked fish.’
    • ‘But when you move up there are other things to do with eggs and cured meat.’
    • ‘But don't overlook other cuts of meat on offer, from boned and rolled roasts to fillets and cured bacon.’
    • ‘We took a spin on the classic, restaurant-style wrapped filet by crusting a roast with two cured meats - bacon and prosciutto.’
    • ‘The noun ‘pickle’ is also applied to the mixture of salt, saltpetre, and spices used to cure meats such as ham and bacon.’
    • ‘It took her a few days to clean and cure the skins properly and salvage enough to do anything useful with them.’
    • ‘Everything except the bacon is our own, and next year we hope to cure some pork for bacon so we'll be able to do it all ourselves.’
    • ‘They didn't go empty handed, they brought tea, sugar, home-made bread, eggs, home cured bacon and twist tobacco.’
    • ‘Regular pancetta is cured not smoked, and it is rolled into a sausage-like shape.’
    • ‘It's used for curing meat, and theoretically renders it safe to eat even without cooking.’
    • ‘This includes luncheon meats and smoked ham which are cured or contain preservatives.’
    preserve, smoke, salt, dry, kipper, pickle
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    1. 2.1 Harden (rubber, plastic, concrete, etc.) after manufacture by a chemical process such as vulcanization.
      ‘the early synthetic rubbers were much more difficult to cure than natural rubber’
      • ‘The second exposure stage is further performed to cure the resin in the ultra-violet radiation system.’
      • ‘It can also make the difference between success and failure in controlling evaporation between placing and curing the concrete.’
      • ‘Goodyear noticed a tiny line of perfectly cured rubber on the edge of the piece.’
      • ‘Alum was used to cure leather and fix dyes in cloth as well as for medicinal purposes.’
      • ‘A process for making the deflection member comprises curing a coating of a liquid photosensitive resin supported by a forming surface through a mask having a pattern of transparent and opaque regions.’
      • ‘Early in 1942 cured natural rubber from the plantation was loaded on to planes.’
      • ‘Synthetic rubber erasers are vulcanized (cooked under pressure) to cure the rubber, but vinyl erasers skip this part.’
      • ‘When latex gloves are manufactured, chemicals, curing agents, and accelerators are added to give gloves these desired properties.’
      • ‘The sandwich structure is then heated to cure the resin.’
      • ‘Waxes are not usually used to cure base concrete, but brooming to expose the aggregate surface removes the wax.’
      • ‘The lab can make the chips with $30 bottles of rubber, an ultraviolet light to create molds and a convection oven to cure the rubber.’
      • ‘In addition to the lengthy hand lay-up of the materials, there is the use of an autoclave to cure the epoxy resin.’
      • ‘Oftentimes this involves using man lifts, which can have trouble maneuvering over curing materials like polyethylene plastic sheets or burlap-bonded plastic coverings.’
      • ‘It was left steeping in vats or ‘black pits’ and was mixed with layers of oak bark which cured the material.’
      • ‘There are two types of UV curing systems: flood curing and spot curing.’
      • ‘The latex films or coatings may be cured at ambient temperatures or may be thermally cured.’
      • ‘Some products are hemp-fused, which means the rubber is cured directly onto a hemp fabric.’
      • ‘The lamp source is selected to provide the appropriate wavelength range of light to cure the material.’
      • ‘After sufficient curing the new grout should be sealed with a good penetrating sealer.’
      • ‘Because the big thing about the large reactors is, you have to pour concrete, and you have to cure the concrete.’
    2. 2.2no object Undergo hardening by a chemical process.
      ‘the mastic takes days to cure’
      • ‘We had to drive over rice to get here, laid out on the road to dry or cure or some other food processing I could not make out in the squall of information they gave me.’
      • ‘Both types expand and harden as the chemical mixture cures.’
      • ‘Light curing cyanoacrylate adhesives are based on ethyl cyanoacrylate technology, which cures in the presence of a weak base, such as water.’
      • ‘‘On top of that all our work carries a five year guarantee and the only inconvenience will be the loss of your bath for 48 hours while the new surface is curing,’ he stated.’
      • ‘Say you have two cylinders that cure at different constant temperatures as shown in Figure 2.’
      • ‘Thermosets flow during molding and then cure or harden irreversibly.’
      • ‘After curing, tubers will keep for several months without sprouting if kept in complete darkness at 40 to 45 degrees and high humidity.’
      • ‘As lime plaster cures, the calcium hydroxide in the mix slowly reacts with carbon dioxide in the air.’
      • ‘Electronic potting components in devices made in high volumes cannot use a silicone that cures slowly, because that extra processing time means higher costs.’
      • ‘If you want to braid your softneck crop, allow the tops to wilt for 2 to 3 days and then braid them tightly and allow to finish curing.’
      • ‘Stacking the slabs risks both a proper bond between the first and second slabs and possible slab curl from the top section curing faster than the underside, to mention just two potential damages.’
      • ‘Now the builder simply waits for the epoxy to cure to a strong, translucent finish.’
      • ‘The runway was originally scheduled to be opened this month, but problems with the top coat of emulsion not curing properly meant the job had to be done again - though at no cost to the government.’
      • ‘While the garlic is curing, transplant ‘Long Keeper’ tomatoes.’
      • ‘They were clamped in place whilst the resin cured by screwing in bolts.’
      • ‘Olives are not edible, green or ripe, and must be treated with lye and/or cured in brine or dry salt before being edible.’
      • ‘Concrete's strength develops as it cures, and that process is usually acknowledged to begin at the time of initial set.’

Main definitions of cure in English

: cure1curé2

curé2

noun

  • A parish priest in a French-speaking country.

    • ‘At the base of the Catholic church were approximately 50,000 parish priests (curés) and their assistants, the curates.’
    • ‘His fine tomb for its curé is a good example of the theatrical style that he brought to monumental sculpture from the family's decorative tradition.’
    • ‘The tax collector from the village of Haveluy, whom we met earlier during his confrontation with the local curé, provides a practical example of this combination of religious conviction with anticlericalism.’
    • ‘Primary school teachers were monitored by curés, who sent reports to their bishops, who in turn gave them to the educational authorities.’
    • ‘In one scene, a curé sitting in a Parisian bus beside a drunken fireman is suddenly transformed into a naked woman whose honour is protected only by a Bible.’
    • ‘Their stance was reinforced by a royal edict of 1782 which apparently brought an end to the so-called ‘revolt of the curés’.’
    • ‘In return bishops and curés would receive government stipends.’
    • ‘He further observed: ‘In no sense is it true to say that the life of the curé of Ambricourt is an imitation of its divine model; rather it is a repetition and a picturing forth of that life.’’
    • ‘Everything has followed-on ‘inevitably’: the firelight, the curé's physical placement in the setting, our knowledge that he is a sick man, unable to digest food and semi-starved - everything.’
    • ‘They might well disagree with his Catholic specificities, like the curé's belief in transubstantiation, but they wouldn't want to take issue with them.’

Origin

Middle English (as a noun): from Old French curer (verb), cure (noun), both from Latin curare ‘take care of’, from cura ‘care’. The original noun senses were ‘care, concern, responsibility’, in particular spiritual care (hence cure (sense 3 of the noun)). In late Middle English the senses ‘medical care’ and ‘successful medical treatment’ arose, and hence ‘remedy’<br>French, from medieval Latin curatus (see curate).

Pronunciation

curé

/ˈkjʊəreɪ//kyʀe/

noun

  • 1A substance or treatment that cures a disease or condition.

    ‘the search for a cure for the common cold’
    • ‘Pharmaceutical companies often fund research that leads to cures and treatments for diseases.’
    • ‘This paper shows clearly that patients' moral concerns and the demands of their social roles are often more important for them than the alleviation of symptoms or the cure of disease.’
    • ‘That is, for regimens with the same drugs, more treatment means more cures, and vice versa.’
    • ‘A medical cure for this disease is unlikely to emerge for some time because of the complexity of the disorder.’
    • ‘Therefore, waiting for the treatment to produce a cure is a common practice.’
    • ‘It is our goal to find treatments and possibly a cure for this rare, life-threatening disease that robs children of their adulthood.’
    • ‘It would be wonderful to find the route to cures for these tragic diseases.’
    • ‘Years of hard work remains to be done before the basic research of today can become viable treatments and cures tomorrow.’
    • ‘It is a very important step in beginning the basic research that needs to be done before we can approach treatments and cures.’
    • ‘If until now hope has come from your expectation of a cure, then ending your treatment might seem like giving up hope.’
    • ‘Supernatural diseases require supernatural cures, which often involve consultation with a dead relative, who intervenes with the gods or with powers of Nature to restore health.’
    • ‘Although this knowledge is not useful for predictive testing in unaffected individuals, since a cure for Alzheimer's disease is not yet available, it may help guide treatment.’
    • ‘That's true, they are not cures but they are treatments.’
    • ‘Although the media have suggested that the map of the genome will lead to immediate cures for many diseases, scientists remain guarded about the content of the first draft and its clinical implications.’
    • ‘We started out looking for clues to a cure for Alzheimer's disease.’
    • ‘It could bring better treatments, even cures for diseases that cause a lot of pain and death to millions of people.’
    • ‘Human instinct tells me that the search for a cure for all human diseases will never end.’
    • ‘Even today there are Shamanic practices and rituals performed, and Medicine Men dispense ancient cures for many disease processes.’
    • ‘Money that could be directed at researching cures and treatments for disease is being re-directed to provide extra security for existing research.’
    • ‘If we do, we shall be foreclosing the possibilities of discoveries that began decades earlier and ultimately may lead to major treatments or even a cure.’
    remedy, curative, medicine, medication, medicament, restorative, corrective, antidote, antiserum
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    1. 1.1mass noun Restoration to health.
      ‘he was beyond cure’
      • ‘There was also a 1.7-times higher chance of cure in the fluticasone group than in the placebo group.’
      • ‘Spas have always been as much about recreation and socializing as about medical cure - think of Bath.’
      • ‘This would minimize toxic effects while maximizing the chance of cure.’
      • ‘If the tumor has already metastasized before local therapy is administered, cure is impossible.’
      • ‘Trials to date show similar rates of clinical cure in common respiratory infections.’
      • ‘Both patients and their physicians are willing to accept a high risk of toxicity if there is a definite chance of cure.’
      • ‘Henry was probably beyond hope of cure after receiving his wound in the neck at the second battle of St Albans in 1456.’
      • ‘Future studies should help clarify the most effective regimens and methods to confirm cure.’
      • ‘Tissue biopsy may be required for definitive diagnosis, and surgical resection for definitive cure.’
      • ‘Persistence of atypical organisms has also been documented after clinical cure.’
      • ‘Cancer patients beyond cure are frequently used to set the defining standard for terminal illness.’
      healing, restoration to health
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    2. 1.2 A solution to a problem.
      ‘the cure is to improve the clutch operation’
      • ‘I particularly liked his cure for sea-sickness: sit under a tree.’
      • ‘And the will to fight is the antidote to despair, the cure for cynicism, and the answer to those faces looking back at me from those photographs on my desk.’
      • ‘In all the research and all the websites in the world, I cannot find any offers of a cure or solution.’
      • ‘They can be carefully picked or rubbed off but, since the real problem is the slow growth of the host shrub, the best cure is to feed and mulch the shrub, improving its vigour and helping it to outgrow the lichen.’
      • ‘The best hope for a cure lies in the open, honest debate that would spring from wholehearted acceptance of the priesthood of all believers.’
      • ‘None of these thoughts are total cures or solutions, but I hope there is some value in them.’
      solution, answer, antidote, nostrum, panacea, cure-all, magic formula
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  • 2mass noun The process of curing rubber, plastic, or other material.

  • 3mass noun A Christian minister's pastoral charge or area of responsibility for spiritual ministry.

    ‘a benefice involving the cure of souls’
    • ‘A prelate is that man, whatsoever he be, that hath a flock to be taught of him; whosoever he be that hath cure of souls.’
    • ‘On the other hand I am the one sharing the bishop's cure of souls here, with responsibility to do what I can to instil sound teaching and believing.’
    • ‘All chapters and other benefices without cure of souls were now abolished.’
    • ‘He chose to reside in his see, where he disciplined his clergy, reformed religious houses, and took the cure of souls seriously.’
    • ‘He studied the area for 50 years and once famously described it as ‘a breathing space for the cure of souls’.’
    1. 3.1count noun A parish.
      ‘he had been at this cure for four years’