curse Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"curse" in British English

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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 ​dooropen. She was cursing her ​brother for losing her ​keys.

curse verb (PERFORM MAGIC)

[T] to say ​magic words that are ​intended to ​bringbadluck 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 ​bringbadluck to someone: In the ​story, a ​wickedwitch 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 ​moderncitylife.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
(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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