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Definition of cure noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1cure (for something) a medicine or medical treatment that cures an illness the search for a cure for cancer There is no known cure but the illness can be treated. The only real cure is rest.
  2. 2the act of curing someone of an illness or the process of being cured Doctors cannot effect a cure if the disease has spread too far. The cure took six weeks.
  3. 3cure (for something) something that will solve a problem, improve a bad situation, etc. a cure for poverty
  4. Idioms
    an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure (saying)
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    it is better to stop something bad from happening rather than try to deal with the problems after it has happened
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: cure