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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Cure, Cuir, v.1 Also: cur, cwre, cwir, cuire, kuir. [ME. cure, curen (late 14th c.), OF. curer, L. cūrāre.]

1. tr. To cure, heal, restore to health. Also fig.(a) a1400 Leg. S. iv. 82.
God rasis thame, that strekine ar Done to the ȝerd, curand tha er [sic]
1456 Hay II. 118/30.
Ay the contrary is curit with his contrary
c1550 Lynd. Meldrum 1542.
He … curit thair sairis with greit comfort
a1568 Bann. MS. 224a/30.
Thair is nane bot sche That may me cur of all my caris cald
a1578 Pitsc. I. 230/12.
Thai … thair remanit quhill thair hurt men was curit and the deid burieit
1594 Edinb. B. Rec. V. 124.
[The Council] geves to Jhonn Hog … ten pund to be gevin to the barbouris for curing him
1653 Glasgow B. Rec. II. 258.
To pay … twentie merkis for cureing ane poore womans arme of twa great vlsters
(b) 1562-3 Winȝet II. 13/10.
That … thai may be cuirit fra al infirmitie
a1605 Montg. Ch. & Slae 971.
The frantik fantasies, … That nane bot we, quod thay, can cuir
1622-6 Bisset II. 355/25.
Ane of my disciplis … sall cuir thy maladie
1643 Misc. Abbotsf. C. 177.
And it war the dead manis sting which trublit him, it would cuir and heale him

2. intr. (With not.) a. To have (no) anxiety, scruples, or hesitation with regard to something. 1531 Bell. Boece II. 363.
Balliol … had sa blind desire to the crown, that he curit not, sa that he micht jose the samin
Id. Livy I. 195/18.
The pepill curit nocht quhat aduersite … succedit to thame, so that thai had na weris
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 2266.
His wantoun wyffis to compleis He curit nocht God tyll displeis
1551 Hamilton Cat. 74.
In this case cure nocht to tyne thair favour
1560 Rolland Seven S. 3868.
Gif mannis craft … Micht help my sicht, … I wald not cure for to gif gold plentie
a1570-86 Maitland Maitl. F. xcix. 10.
For to get land and geir thai seik all gatis, And curis not to get it wrangouslie

b. To have (no) care, concern, or interest. Const. of, for. 1567 G. Ball. 128.
Thow curis nocht of it ane myte
1570 Sat. P. xiv. 93.
Now sall appeir … Quha fittis the feild, quha cuiris inot forde
a1578 Pitsc. II. 134/3.
As for my death I cure not
a1570-86 Maitland Maitl. F. clxxv. 30.
Thai chenge als oft as dois the mone And curis nocht off auld kyndnes
c1590 J. Stewart 30/10.
Ȝe sie quhat dolor dalie Rennawlt dreis For hir quha cuirs not of his cair ane myt

3. tr. (Usu. with negatives.) a. To have (no) regard or heed for, or consideration of. 1533 Gau 70/9.
Thairfoir we suld be glaid and blith … and cuir noth deid
c1550 Rolland C. Venus iii. 231.
For Venus saik scho curit no displesour
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 106.
Cure thow nocht the indignatioun Off hypocritis
1560 Rolland Seven S. 6757.
Ȝe cure na schame, ȝe cure na warldis wonder
a1578 Pitsc. II. 120/17.
The Scoittis lordis war sic ane nomber … that thay cuired nather quein nor king
1603 Philotus lxxxv.
Dissaitfull traitour [that] … Of all thu kin curit not the greif

b. To care for, to value, to a specified extent. 1533 Gau 17/9.
The rich men of this vardel curis this litel
1540 Lynd. Sat. 1729.
As for this king, I cure him nocht twa strais
c1550 Rolland C. Venus iii. 546.
For sic storyis I cuir thame not ane prene
Id. Seven S. 7586.
Thow Proserpine of hell, we cure thee not ane myte
1571 Sat. P. xxv. 95.
Assuire thame, I cuire thaine Evin as thai do deserve

c. To attend to, take care of. 1574 Sat. P. xlii. 250.
That leuingis micht be modifyit To preichouris, … To cure thair office
Ib. 721.
Gif that ane man had stedingis ten, Quhilk requyrit mony beistis and men, And greit expensis for to cure thame

4. To clean or dress (a slain deer). 1531 Bell. Boece I. 39.
The body curit to be at the pleseir of the maister of huntis
1609 Grahame Anat. Humors 12 b.
After the deere is kild and cwird, then is his intrals throwne to the hounds

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