curecure1 /kjʊə $ kjʊr/ ●●○ noun [countable]1MHa medicine or medicaltreatment that makes an illness go awaycure forThere is still no cure for AIDS.2SOLVE/DEAL WITH A PROBLEMsomething that solves a problem, or improves a bad situation → solutioncure forThere is no easy cure for loneliness.3MHthe act of making someone well again after an illnessThe new treatment effected a miraculous cure.COLLOCATIONSverbsfind/discover a cureScientists are still hoping to find a cure for the common cold.develop a cureIt will be at least ten years before a cure is developed.seek/search for/look for a cure$3 billion a year is spent searching for a cure for cancer.ADJECTIVES/NOUN + cure an effective cureA few decades ago there was no effective cure for the disease.a miracle cure (=a very effective one that cures a serious disease)People always hope for a miracle cure.phrasesno known cureAt present is there is no known cure for this virus.the search for a cureBillions of pounds have been spent on the search for a cure.prevention is better than cure British English, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure American English (=used to say that it is better to prevent illness than to cure it)THESAURUScure a medicine or medical treatment that makes an illness go awayThe scientists are trying to find a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease.remedy a way to treat a health problem, especially a small problem such as a cold, using plants or other natural methodsRinsing with salt water is a good home remedy for a sore throat.The store sells herbal remedies. antidote a medicine that will stop the effects of a poison or dangerousdrugThere is no known antidote to a bite from this snake.
curecure2 ●●○ verb [transitive]1MHto make an illness or medical condition go awayMany types of cancer can now be cured.an operation that can cure short-sightedness in 15 minutes2MHto make someone well again after they have been ill → healShe had some acupuncture treatment which seems to have cured her.cure somebody of something90% of patients can be cured of the disease.3SOLVE/DEAL WITH A PROBLEMto solve a problem, or improve a bad situationAttempts to cure unemployment have so far failed.4 →cure somebody of something5to preservefood, tobacco etc by drying it, hanging it in smoke, or covering it with saltcured hamTHESAURUScure to make someone who has an illness completely well again or to stop a disease making someone ill – used especially about drugs or other treatmentsMany cancer victims can be cured if the disease is detected early enough.heal to cure someone – used especially when someone cures people using specialreligious powers, rather than using medicine. Also used when saying that a cream or treatment makes a wound betterHe claimed that he could heal the sick.This cream is good for healing minor cuts and bruises.make somebody (feel) better to make someone who is ill well again, especially when they have an illness that is not very seriousThe pills did make me feel better.relieve/ease (also alleviate formal) to reduce someone’s pain or unpleasantfeelingsAspirin will help to relieve the symptoms. I can give you something to alleviate the pain.→ See Verb table