American English

Definition of curse verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they curse
    he / she / it curses
    past simple cursed
    -ing form cursing
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  1. 1[intransitive] to swear He hit his head as he stood up and cursed loudly.
  2. 2[transitive] to say rude things to someone or think rude things about someone or something curse somebody/something/yourself She cursed her bad luck. curse somebody/something/yourself for something He cursed himself for his stupidity.
  3. 3[transitive] curse somebody/something to use a magic word or phrase against someone in order to harm them Legend has it that the whole village had been cursed by a witch. compare hex
  4. Phrasal Verbsbe cursed with something
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: curse