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[n. kyoo r-it; v. kyoo-reyt, kyoo r-eyt] /n. ˈkyʊər ɪt; v. kyʊˈreɪt, ˈkyʊər eɪt/
Chiefly British. a member of the clergy employed to assist a rector or vicar.
any ecclesiastic entrusted with the cure of souls, as a parish priest.
verb (used with object), curated, curating.
to take charge of (a museum) or organize (an art exhibit):
to curate a photography show.
to pull together, sift through, and select for presentation, as music or website content:
“We curate our merchandise with a sharp eye for trending fashion,” the store manager explained.
Origin of curate
1300-50; Middle English curat (< Anglo-French) < Medieval Latin cūrātus, equivalent to Latin cūr(a) care + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
[kyoo-rat-ik] /kyʊˈræt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
curatical, adjective
curateship, noun
curation, noun
subcurate, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for curate
  • There will be a seventh wall for the public to curate.
  • Powers, about a middle-aged priest who begins to re-examine his life when a younger curate arrives at his suburban parish.
  • Or maybe put a store in an exhibition space and curate the objects.
  • But the web rarely gives us the ability to curate our stories in the way a print magazine would.
  • Bands who curate a festival do more than hire and showcase their favorite musicians.
  • No one could ever devote a publication to such a niche phenomenon, but there is someone out there who could curate one.
  • They curate vast selections of goods that they want to think about purchasing.
  • He had then returned to his father's parish and taken up the duties of a curate.
  • It would be indecent, no doubt, to compare either a curate or a chaplain with a journeyman in any common trade.
  • Researchers who curate unpopular varieties provide crucial insurance for our food supply.
British Dictionary definitions for curate


a clergyman appointed to assist a parish priest
a clergyman who has the charge of a parish (curate-in-charge)
(Irish) an assistant barman
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin cūrātus, from cūra spiritual oversight, cure


(transitive) to be in charge of (an art exhibition or museum)
Word Origin
C20: back formation from curator
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Word Origin and History for curate

late 14c., "spiritual guide," from Medieval Latin curatus "one responsible for the care (of souls)," from Latin curatus, past participle of curare "to take care of" (see cure (v.)). Church of England sense of "paid deputy priest of a parish" first recorded 1550s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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