a means of healing or restoring to health; remedy.
a method or course of remedial treatment, as for disease.
successful remedial treatment; restoration to health.
a means of correcting or relieving anything that is troublesome or detrimental: to seek a cure for inflation.
the act or a method of preserving meat, fish, etc., by smoking, salting, or the like.
spiritual or religious charge of the people in a certain district.
the office or district of a curate or parish priest.
verb (used with object), cured, curing.
to restore to health.
to relieve or rid of something detrimental, as an illness or a bad habit.
to prepare (meat, fish, etc.) for preservation by salting, drying, etc.
to promote hardening of (fresh concrete or mortar), as by keeping it damp.
to process (rubber, tobacco, etc.) as by fermentation or aging.
verb (used without object), cured, curing.
to effect a cure.
to become cured.

1250–1300; (v.) Middle English curen < Middle French curer < Latin cūrāre to take care of, derivative of cūra care; (noun) Middle English < Old French cure < Latin cūra

cureless, adjective
curelessly, adverb
curer, noun
half-cured, adjective
overcured, adjective
semicured, adjective
uncured, adjective
well-cured, adjective

2. remedy, restorative, specific, antidote. 9. Cure, heal, remedy imply making well, whole, or right. Cure is applied to the eradication of disease or sickness: to cure a headache. Heal suggests the making whole of wounds, sores, etc.: to heal a burn. Remedy applies especially to making wrongs right: to remedy a mistake. Unabridged
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cure (kjʊə)
1.  (tr) to get rid of (an ailment, fault, or problem); heal
2.  (tr) to restore to health or good condition
3.  (intr) to bring about a cure
4.  (tr) to preserve (meat, fish, etc) by salting, smoking, etc
5.  (tr)
 a.  to treat or finish (a substance) by chemical or physical means
 b.  to vulcanize (rubber)
 c.  to allow (a polymer) to set often using heat or pressure
6.  (tr) to assist the hardening of (concrete, mortar, etc) by keeping it moist
7.  a return to health, esp after specific treatment
8.  any course of medical therapy, esp one proved effective in combating a disease
9.  a means of restoring health or improving a condition, situation, etc
10.  the spiritual and pastoral charge of a parish: the cure of souls
11.  a process or method of preserving meat, fish, etc, by salting, pickling, or smoking
[(n) C13: from Old French, from Latin cūra care; in ecclesiastical sense, from Medieval Latin cūra spiritual charge; (vb) C14: from Old French curer, from Latin cūrāre to attend to, heal, from cūra care]

curé (ˈkjʊəreɪ)
a parish priest in France
[French, from Medieval Latin cūrātus; see curate1]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from L. cura "care, concern, trouble," from PIE base *kois- "be concerned." In reference to fish, pork, etc., first recorded 1743. Related: Curable (late 14c.). Cure-all in general sense is from 1870; as a name of various plants, it is attested from 1793.
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cure (kyur)

  1. Restoration of health; recovery from disease.

  2. A method or course of treatment used to restore health.

  3. An agent that restores health; a remedy.

v. cured, cur·ing, cures
  1. To restore a person to health.

  2. To effect a recovery from a disease or disorder.

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