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curseverb

uk   /kɜːs/  us   /kɝːs/

curse verb (SPEAK ANGRILY)

[I or T] to use a word or an expression that is not polite and shows that you are very angry: We could hear him cursing and swearing as he tried to get the door open. I could curse her for losing my key!

curse verb (PERFORM MAGIC)

[T] to say magic words that are intended to bring bad luck to someone: Things were going so badly - it was as if I'd been cursed.

cursenoun

uk   /kɜːs/  us   /kɝːs/

curse noun (MAGIC)

[C] magic words that are intended to bring bad luck to someone: In the story, a wicked witch puts a curse on the princess for a hundred years.

curse noun (TROUBLE)

[C] a cause of trouble and unhappiness: Noise is the curse of modern city life.

curse noun (BLOOD)

the curse [S] old-fashioned or humorous a woman's period (= flow of blood each month)

curse noun (ANGRY WORD)

[C] a rude word or phrase
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