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Definition of cure verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    cure

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//kjʊə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kjʊr//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cure
    BrE BrE//kjʊə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kjʊr//
     
    he / she / it cures
    BrE BrE//kjʊəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kjʊrz//
     
    past simple cured
    BrE BrE//kjʊəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kjʊrd//
     
    past participle cured
    BrE BrE//kjʊəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kjʊrd//
     
    -ing form curing
    BrE BrE//ˈkjʊərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkjʊrɪŋ//
     
    Medical equipment, Ailments and diseases
     
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  1. 1  cure somebody (of something) to make a person or an animal healthy again after an illness Will you be able to cure him, Doctor? Wordfindercure, doctor, examine, medicine, patient, practice, prescribe, receptionist, specialist, surgeon CollocationsIllnessesBecoming ill catch a cold/​an infectious disease/​the flu/(British English) flu/​pneumonia/​a virus/(informal) a bug get (British English) ill/(North American English) sick/​a disease/​AIDS/​breast cancer/​a cold/​the flu/(British English) flu/​a migraine come down with a cold/​the flu/(British English) flu contract a deadly disease/​a serious illness/​HIV/​AIDS be infected with a virus/​a parasite/​HIV develop cancer/​diabetes/​a rash/​an ulcer/​symptoms of hepatitis have a heart attack/​a stroke provoke/​trigger/​produce an allergic reaction block/​burst/​rupture a blood vessel damage/​sever a nerve/​an artery/​a tendonBeing ill feel (British English) ill/​sick/​nauseous/​queasy be running (British English) a temperature/(North American English) a fever have a head cold/​diabetes/​heart disease/​lung cancer/​a headache/(British English) a high temperature/(North American English) a fever suffer from asthma/​malnutrition/​frequent headaches/​bouts of depression/​a mental disorder be laid up with/ (British English) be in bed with a cold/​the flu/(British English) flu/​a migraine nurse a cold/​a headache/​a hangover battle/​fight cancer/​depression/​addiction/​alcoholismTreatments examine a patient diagnose a condition/​disease/​disorder be diagnosed with cancer/​diabetes/​schizophrenia prescribe/​be given/​be on/​take drugs/​medicine/​medication/​pills/​painkillers/​antibiotics treat somebody for cancer/​depression/​shock have/​undergo an examination/​an operation/​surgery/​a kidney transplant/​therapy/​chemotherapy/​treatment for cancer have/​be given an injection/(British English) a flu jab/(North American English) a flu shot/​a blood transfusion/​a scan/​an X-ray cure a disease/​an ailment/​cancer/​a headache/​a patient prevent the spread of disease/​further outbreaks/​damage to the lungs be vaccinated against the flu/(British English) flu/​the measles/(British English) measles/​polio/​smallpox enhance/​boost/​confer/​build immunity to a disease Wordfinderchemotherapy, cure, disease, drug, injection, medication, osteopathy, palliative, physiotherapy, radiotherapy See related entries: Medical equipment, Ailments and diseases
  2. 2  cure something to make an illness go away TB is a serious illness, but it can be cured.
  3. 3cure something to deal with a problem successfully I finally managed to cure the rattling noise in my car.
  4. 4cure somebody of something to stop somebody from behaving in a particular way, especially a way that is bad or annoying
  5. 5cure something to treat food or tobacco with smoke, salt or heat, etc. in order to preserve it
  6. Word Origin Middle English (as a noun): from Old French curer (verb), cure (noun), both from Latin curare ‘take care of’, from cura ‘care’. The original noun senses were ‘care, concern, responsibility’, in particular spiritual care. In late Middle English the senses ‘medical care’ and ‘successful medical treatment’ arose, and hence ‘remedy’.Extra examples He was now completely cured of his illness. She still believed that somehow she could be miraculously cured. Charities alone can’t cure basic social injustices. He bought some special software that was supposed to cure hard disk problems. It is better to prevent rather than cure diseases. She was miraculously cured. They will try to cure her of her alcoholism.Idioms (British English) used to say that what you are going to do will either be very successful or fail completely
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