Meaning of CURE in English

(~s, curing, ~d)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


If doctors or medical treatments ~ an illness or injury, they cause it to end or disappear.

Her cancer can only be controlled, not ~d.



If doctors or medical treatments ~ a person, they make the person well again after an illness or injury.

MDT is an effective treatment and could ~ all the leprosy sufferers worldwide...

Almost overnight I was ~d...

Now doctors believe they have ~d him of the disease.

= heal

VERB: V n, V n, V n of n


A ~ for an illness is a medicine or other treatment that ~s the illness.

Atkinson has been told rest is the only ~ for his ankle injury.

N-COUNT: oft N for n


If someone or something ~s a problem, they bring it to an end.

Private firms are willing to make large scale investments to help ~ Russia’s economic troubles...



A ~ for a problem is something that will bring it to an end.

The magic ~ for inflation does not exist.

= solution

N-COUNT: usu with supp, oft N for n


If an action or event ~s someone of a habit or an attitude, it makes them stop having it.

The experience was a detestable ordeal, and it ~d him of any ambitions to direct again...

He went to a clinic to ~ his drinking and overeating.

VERB: V n of n, V n


When food, tobacco, or animal skin is ~d, it is dried, smoked, or salted so that it will last for a long time.

Legs of pork were ~d and smoked over the fire.

...sliced ~d ham.

VERB: usu passive, be V-ed, V-ed

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