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Definition of "curate" []

  • A cleric, especially one who has charge of a parish. (noun)
  • A cleric who assists a rector or vicar. (noun)
  • To act as curator of; organize and oversee. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "curate" in a sentence
  • "Technically speaking the curate is the one who exercises the cure of souls, and his assistants are vicars and coadjutors; but in this article the word curate is used in its accepted English sense, viz. assistant priest, and corresponds, in a general way, to the vicarius temporalis, auxiliaris presbyter, coadjutor parochi."
  • "I know the word 'curate' may not be familiar to you in this context, but in the new world of too much data - organizing and filtering information is critically important."
  • "Our curate is not a man to preach fire and brimstone or scold parishioners for their failings and sins."