- a healing or being healed; restoration to health or a sound condition
- a medicine or treatment for restoring health; remedy
- a system, method, or course of treating a disease, ailment, etc.
- spiritual charge of persons in a particular district; care of souls
- the work or position of a curate; curacy
- a process for curing meat, fish, tobacco, etc.
Origin of cureOld French from Classical Latin cura, care, concern, trouble from Old Latin an unverified form coira from Indo-European base an unverified form kois-, be concerned
transitive verbcured, cur′ing
- to restore to health or a sound condition; make well; heal
- to get rid of or counteract (an ailment, evil, bad habit, etc.)
- to get rid of a harmful or undesirable condition in: with of: cured him of lying
- to preserve (meat, fish, etc.), as by salting or smoking
- to process (tobacco, leather, etc.), as by drying or aging
- to encourage the proper hardening of (concrete or mortar) by regulating humidity and temperature
- to bring about a cure
- to undergo curing, preserving, or processing: tobacco cures in the sun