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Cure vs Prevent - What's the difference?

cure | prevent |

As verbs the difference between cure and prevent

is that cure is while prevent is to stop; to keep (from happening).

As a noun cure

is priest bearing the responsibility of a parish a vicar (church of england).

cure

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • A method, device or medication that restores good health.
  • * , chapter=5
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=When you're well enough off so's you don't have to fret about anything but your heft or your diseases you begin to get queer, I suppose. And the queerer the cure for those ailings the bigger the attraction. A place like the Right Livers' Rest was bound to draw freaks, same as molasses draws flies.}}
  • Act of healing or state of being healed; restoration to health from disease, or to soundness after injury.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Past hope! past cure !
  • * Bible, Luke xii. 32
  • I do cures to-day and to-morrow.
  • A solution to a problem.
  • * Dryden
  • Cold, hunger, prisons, ills without a cure .
  • * Bishop Hurd
  • the proper cure of such prejudices
  • A process of preservation, as by smoking.
  • A process of solidification or gelling.
  • (engineering) A process whereby a material is caused to form permanent molecular linkages by exposure to chemicals, heat, pressure and/or weathering.
  • (obsolete) Care, heed, or attention.
  • * Chaucer
  • Of study took he most cure and most heed.
  • * Fuller
  • vicarages of great cure , but small value
  • Spiritual charge; care of soul; the office of a parish priest or of a curate.
  • * (rfdate) Spelman
  • The appropriator was the incumbent parson, and had the cure of the souls of the parishioners.
  • That which is committed to the charge of a parish priest or of a curate; a curacy.
  • Derived terms

    * anti-cure * cure is worse than the disease * cureless * miscure * sweetcure * take the cure * water cure

    Verb

    (cur)
  • To restore to health.
  • To bring (a disease or its bad effects) to an end.
  • * (William Shakespeare)
  • Whose smile and frown, like to Achilles' spear, / Is able with the change to kill and cure .
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-22, volume=407, issue=8841, page=76, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Snakes and ladders , passage=Risk is everywhere. From tabloid headlines insisting that coffee causes cancer (yesterday, of course, it cured it) to stern government warnings about alcohol and driving, the world is teeming with goblins. For each one there is a frighteningly precise measurement of just how likely it is to jump from the shadows and get you.}}
  • To cause to be rid of (a defect).
  • To prepare or alter especially by chemical or physical processing for keeping or use.
  • To bring about a of any kind.
  • To be undergoing a chemical or physical process for preservation or use.
  • To solidify or gel.
  • (obsolete) To become healed.
  • * (William Shakespeare)
  • One desperate grief cures with another's languish.
  • (obsolete) To pay heed; to care; to give attention.
  • Synonyms
    * (restore to good health) heal
    Derived terms
    * cure-all * incurable * miscure

    Anagrams

    * ----

    prevent

    English

    Alternative forms

    * (archaic)

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To stop; to keep (from happening).
  • I brushed my teeth to prevent them from going yellow.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=October 1 , author=Tom Fordyce , title=Rugby World Cup 2011: England 16-12 Scotland , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=Scotland must now hope Georgia produce a huge upset and beat Argentina by at least eight points in Sunday's final Pool B match to prevent them failing to make the last eight for the first time in World Cup history.}}
  • * 1897 , Henry James, What Maisie Knew :
  • ‘I think you must be mad, and she shall not have a glimpse of it while I'm here to prevent !’
  • (obsolete) To come before; to precede.
  • * Bible, 1 Thess. iv. 15
  • We which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
  • * Book of Common Prayer
  • We pray thee that thy grace may always prevent and follow us.
  • * Prior
  • Then had I come, preventing Sheba's queen.
  • (obsolete) To outdo, surpass.
  • * 1596 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , IV.i:
  • With that he put his spurres vnto his steed, / With speare in rest, and toward him did fare, / Like shaft out of a bow preuenting speed.
  • (obsolete) To be beforehand with; to anticipate.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • their ready guilt preventing thy commands

    Synonyms

    * See also

    Derived terms

    * preventative * prevention * preventive