from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Restoration of health; recovery from disease.
  • n. A method or course of medical treatment used to restore health.
  • n. An agent, such as a drug, that restores health; a remedy.
  • n. Something that corrects or relieves a harmful or disturbing situation: The cats proved to be a good cure for our mouse problem.
  • n. Ecclesiastical Spiritual charge or care, as of a priest for a congregation.
  • n. The office or duties of a curate.
  • n. The act or process of preserving a product.
  • transitive v. To restore to health.
  • transitive v. To effect a recovery from: cure a cold.
  • transitive v. To remove or remedy (something harmful or disturbing): cure an evil.
  • transitive v. To preserve (meat, for example), as by salting, smoking, or aging.
  • transitive v. To prepare, preserve, or finish (a substance) by a chemical or physical process.
  • transitive v. To vulcanize (rubber).
  • intransitive v. To effect a cure or recovery: a medicine that cures.
  • intransitive v. To be prepared, preserved, or finished by a chemical or physical process: hams curing in the smokehouse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A method, device or medication that restores good health.
  • n. A solution to a problem.
  • n. A process of preservation, as by smoking.
  • n. A process of solidification or gelling.
  • n. A process whereby a material is caused to form permanent molecular linkages by exposure to chemicals, heat, pressure and/or weathering.
  • n. Care, heed, or attention.
  • n. Spiritual charge; care of soul; the office of a parish priest or of a curate;
  • n. That which is committed to the charge of a parish priest or of a curate; a curacy.
  • v. To restore to health.
  • v. To bring (a disease or its bad effects) to an end.
  • v. To cause to be rid of (a defect).
  • v. To prepare or alter especially by chemical or physical processing for keeping or use.
  • v. To bring about a cure of any kind.
  • v. To be undergoing a chemical or physical process for preservation or use.
  • v. To solidify or gel.
  • v. To become healed.
  • v. To pay heed; to care; to give attention.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Care, heed, or attention.
  • n. Spiritual charge; care of soul; the office of a parish priest or of a curate; hence, that which is committed to the charge of a parish priest or of a curate; a curacy.
  • n. Medical or hygienic care; remedial treatment of disease; a method of medical treatment.
  • n. Act of healing or state of being healed; restoration to health from disease, or to soundness after injury.
  • n. Means of the removal of disease or evil; that which heals; a remedy; a restorative.
  • intransitive v. To pay heed; to care; to give attention.
  • intransitive v. To restore health; to effect a cure.
  • intransitive v. To become healed.
  • transitive v. To heal; to restore to health, soundness, or sanity; to make well; -- said of a patient.
  • transitive v. To subdue or remove by remedial means; to remedy; to remove; to heal; -- said of a malady.
  • transitive v. To set free from (something injurious or blameworthy), as from a bad habit.
  • transitive v. To prepare for preservation or permanent keeping; to preserve, as by drying, salting, etc..

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To take care of; care for.
  • To restore to health or to a sound state; heal or make well: as, he was cured of a wound, or of a fever.
  • To remove or put an end to by remedial means; heal, as a disease; remedy, as an evil of any kind; remove, as something objectionable.
  • To prepare for preservation by drying, salting, etc.: as, to cure hay; to cure fish or beef.
  • To care; take care; be careful.
  • To effect a cure.
  • To become well; be cured.
  • n. Care; concern; oversight; charge.
  • n. Specifically Spiritual charge; the employment or office of a curate or parish priest; curacy: as, the cure of souls (see below): ordinarily confined in use to the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches.
  • n. The successful remedial treatment of a disease; the restoration of a sick person to health: as, to effect a cure.
  • n. A method or course of remedial treatment for disease, whether successful or not: as, the water-cure.
  • n. A remedy for disease; a means of curing disease; that which heals: as, a cure for toothache.
  • n. That which is cured (see cure, v. 4); a product preserved by drying, salting, etc.; a catch of fish so treated.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a medicine or therapy that cures disease or relieve pain
  • v. be or become preserved
  • v. prepare by drying, salting, or chemical processing in order to preserve
  • v. provide a cure for, make healthy again
  • v. make (substances) hard and improve their usability


Middle English, from Old French, medical treatment, from Latin cūra, from Archaic Latin coisa-.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French, cure ("care, cure, healing, cure of souls"), from Latin cura ("care, medical attendance, cure") (Wiktionary)


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  • Cure - isn't there a saying "the cure is worse than the disease (or illness, or something)?

    and another synonym = solve. Cure the problem; solve the problem.

    July 17, 2009