CURATE, noun [Latin curator or curatus, from cura, care. See Cure.]
1. A clergyman in the church of England, who is employed to perform divine service in the place of the incumbent, parson or vicar. He must be licenced by the bishop or ordinary, and having no fixed estate in the curacy, he may be removed at pleasure. But some curates are perpetual.
2. One employed to perform the duties of another.