Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a medicine or therapy that cures disease or relieve pain
  2. (verb, body) provide a cure for, make healthy again
    The quack pretended to heal patients but never managed to
  3. (verb, change) prepare by drying, salting, or chemical processing in order to preserve
    cure pickles
    cure hay
  4. (verb, change) make (substances) hard and improve their usability
    cure cement
    cure soap
  5. (verb, change) be or become preserved

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Origin of the word Cure

  1. 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. more

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