cure ( cures plural & 3rd person present) ( curing present participle) ( cured past tense & past participle )
1 verb If doctors or medical treatments cure an illness or injury, they cause it to end or disappear.
Her cancer can only be controlled, not cured. V n
2 verb If doctors or medical treatments cure a person, they make the person well again after an illness or injury.
MDT is an effective treatment and could cure all the leprosy sufferers worldwide... V n
Almost overnight I was cured... V n
Now doctors believe they have cured him of the disease. V n of n
3 n-count A curefor an illness is a medicine or other treatment that cures the illness.
oft N for n
Atkinson has been told rest is the only cure for his ankle injury.
4 verb If someone or something cures a problem, they bring it to an end.
Private firms are willing to make large scale investments to help cure Russia's economic troubles... V n
5 n-count A curefor a problem is something that will bring it to an end.
usu with supp, oft N for n
The magic cure for inflation does not exist.
6 verb If an action or event cures someone of a habit or an attitude, it makes them stop having it.
The experience was a detestable ordeal, and it cured him of any ambitions to direct again... V n of n
He went to a clinic to cure his drinking and overeating. V n
7 verb When food, tobacco, or animal skin is cured, it is dried, smoked, or salted so that it will last for a long time. usu passive Legs of pork were cured and smoked over the fire. be V-ed ...sliced cured ham. V-ed
cure-all ( cure-alls plural ) A cure-all is something that is believed, usually wrongly, to be able to solve all the problems someone or something has, or to cure a wide range of illnesses. n-count oft N for n
He said the introduction of market discipline to the economy was not a magic cure-all for its problems...
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