- 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 cure something to make an illness go away TB is a serious illness, but it can be cured.
- 3cure something to deal with a problem successfully I finally managed to cure the rattling noise in my car.
- 4cure somebody of something to stop somebody from behaving in a particular way, especially a way that is bad or annoying
- 5cure something to treat food or tobacco with smoke, salt or heat, etc. in order to preserve it Word Origin Middle English (as a noun): from Old French curer (verb), cure (noun), both from Latin curare
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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