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Definitions of curate
One who has the cure of souls; originally, any clergyman, but now usually limited to one who assists a rector or vicar. Newage Dictionary DB
A clergyman or an assistant minister. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
One who has the cure or care of souls, so in Pr. Bk.: an inferior clergyman in the Church of England who assists a rector or vicar in the discharge of his duties. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
A clergyman who performs duties for a rector or vicar. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
A rector's or a vicar's assistant. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
A clergyman in the Church of England appointed to assist the incumbent of a parish in his duties, stipendiary, as dependent on the incumbent, and perpetual, as independent; one who has the cure of souls. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
One who has the cure or care of souls; a clergyman; one who assists a beneficed clergyman in spiritual duties: a perpetual curate, one not removable at pleasure, as the others are; the incumbent of a district taken from a rectory or vicarage. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.