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Meaning of “curse” in the English Dictionary

"curse" in British English

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curseverb

uk   /kɜːs/  us   /kɝːs/

cursenoun

uk   /kɜːs/  us   /kɝːs/
(Definition of curse from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"curse" in American English

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curseverb

 us   /kɜrs/
  • curse verb (SWEAR)

[I/T] to say ​rude or ​offensive words about something or someone because you are ​angry: [I] No ​coach is ​allowed to curse at or ​lay a ​hand on a ​player.
  • curse verb (WISH EVIL)

[T] to ​wish for something ​evil or ​unpleasant to ​happen to someone or something, as by ​asking a ​magicalpower: If we don't do something about the ​problem, ​futuregenerations will curse us.

cursenoun

 us   /kɜrs/
  • curse noun (SWEARING)

[C] a ​rude or ​offensive word said about something or someone because you are ​angry: [I] Shouts and curses could be ​heard down the ​hall.
  • curse noun (EVIL WISH)

[T] something ​evil or ​unpleasant that ​happens to someone or something, by or as if by a ​magicalpower: In the ​story, a curse was put on the ​prince, ​turning him into a ​frog.
(Definition of curse from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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