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

      

    cure

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//kjʊə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kjʊr//
     
    Recovering from illness, Ailments and diseases, Being ill
     
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  1. 1  cure (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. See related entries: Recovering from illness, Ailments and diseases
  2. 2the act of curing somebody 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. See related entries: Ailments and diseases, Being ill
  3. 3cure (for something) something that will solve a problem, improve a bad situation, etc. a cure for poverty
  4. 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 His new job was almost a rest cure after the stresses of the army. If the disease is detected early, it has a cure. Prevention is better than cure, so start looking after your heart now. Prevention is better than cure, so start taking care of yourself. Science cannot provide a cure for all the world’s problems. The cure works by boosting the body’s immune system. There is no instant cure for this condition. There is no known cure for the disease. These drugs can sometimes effect miraculous cures. scientists seeking a cure for AIDS the search for a cure for the common cold Although there is no cure for this illness, it can be treated to reduce the pain. Doctors cannot effect a cure if the illness has spread too far.Idioms
    prevention is better than cure(British English)(US English an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure)
     
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    (saying) it is better to stop something bad from happening rather than try to deal with the problems after it has happened
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