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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.
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 curated
  • Fortune's curated selection of tech stories from the weekend.
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  • There are increasing efforts to investigate techniques which rely on workshop or curated styles of work.
  • Instructors, for their part, curated rather than dictated the discussion.
  • The primary market offers the work that emerges from artists' studios and is often displayed in carefully curated gallery shows.
  • He begins each chapter with a beautifully curated history of the idea he is exploring.
  • Well-curated shots of the household provide an omniscient view of the action.
British Dictionary definitions for curated


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 curated



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.

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Encyclopedia Article for curated


(from Latin vicarius, "substitute"), an official acting in some special way for a superior, primarily an ecclesiastical title in the Christian Church. In the Roman Empire as reorganized by Emperor Diocletian (reigned 284-305), the vicarius was an important official, and the title remained in use for secular officials in the Middle Ages. In the Roman Catholic Church, "vicar of Christ" became the special designation of the popes starting in the 8th century, and eventually it replaced the older title of "vicar of St. Peter."

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