a successful way of curing an illness or dealing with a problem or difficulty
an effective herbal remedy for headaches
noun (plural remedies)
something that makes you better when you are sick or in pain:
He gave me a remedy for toothache.
I. rem‧e‧dy1 /ˈremədi, ˈremɪdi/ BrE AmE noun (plural remedies) [countable]
[Date: 1200-1300; Language: Anglo-French; Origin: remedie, from Latin remedium, from mederi 'to heal']
1. a way of dealing with a problem or making a bad situation better SYN solution:
The problems in our schools do not have a simple remedy.
The program is one remedy for discrimination.
2. a medicine to cure an illness or pain that is not very serious SYN cure
a remedy for colds
a natural remedy that helps insomnia
a home remedy (=one that you make at home) for sore throats
The herb is used as a folk remedy (=a traditional medicine, rather than one a doctor gives you) for a baby’s teething pains.
3. beyond/without remedy formal if a situation is beyond remedy, nothing can be done to make it better:
She felt as if her marital problems were beyond remedy.
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COLLOCATIONS (for Meaning 2)
■ ADJECTIVES/NOUN + remedy
▪ a cold/cough/flu remedy Most cold remedies have little effect.
▪ a herbal remedy He brought with him a bottle of his own herbal remedy for hayfever.
▪ a natural remedy She began to look into alternative methods of treatment, such as natural remedies and hypnotherapy.
▪ a home remedy (=one that you make at home) Home remedies for colds include honey and lemon.
▪ a traditional/folk remedy Fish oil has been used as a folk remedy since the eighteenth century.
▪ take a remedy Have you tried taking herbal remedies?
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▪ cure a medicine or medical treatment that makes an illness go away: The scientists are trying to find a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease.
▪ remedy a way to treat a health problem, especially a small problem such as a cold, using plants or other natural methods: Rinsing with salt water is a good home remedy for a sore throat. | The store sells herbal remedies.
▪ antidote a medicine that will stop the effects of a poison or dangerous drug: There is no known antidote to a bite from this snake.
rem·edy [remedy remedies remedied remedying] noun, verb [ˈremədi] [ˈremədi]
noun (pl. rem·edies)
1. a way of dealing with or improving an unpleasant or difficult situation
• ~ (for sth) There is no simple remedy for unemployment.
• ~ (to sth) There are a number of possible remedies to this problem.
2. a treatment or medicine to cure a disease or reduce pain that is not very serious
• a herbal remedy
• ~ for sth an excellent home remedy for sore throats
3. ~ (against sth) (law) a way of dealing with a problem, using the processes of the law
• Holding copyright provides the only legal remedy against unauthorized copying.
• What's my remedy in law in this case?
Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French remedie, from Latin remedium, from re- ‘back’ (also expressing intensive force) + mederi ‘heal’.
• Ginger is a popular remedy for morning sickness.
• He took a herbal remedy for his hay fever.
• One dose of the remedy is sufficient.
• She tried various remedies, but none of them worked.
• The Act created rights and remedies for consumers.
• The agreement states that he has a remedy against the subcontractor.
• The player insists that he merely took a cold remedy and not a banned substance.
• The remedies are all prepared from wild flowers.
• The remedy was given in different strengths to a group of volunteers.
• There's no easy remedy for unemployment.
• They advised him to exhaust all other remedies before applying to court.
• They will have to seek a judicial remedy for breach of contract.
• They're hoping to find a remedy for the condition.
• When the reservoir becomes blocked, the only remedy lies in cleaning the entire system.
• You have a remedy in civil law.
• Your best remedy is to go to the small claims court.
• remedies afforded to creditors by a bankruptcy order
• remedies for breach of contract
• I prefer to use herbal remedies when I have a cold.
• The best home remedy for a sore throat is honey and lemon.
Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary - 4th Edition
remedy / ˈrem.ə.di / noun [ C ]
B2 a successful way of curing an illness or dealing with a problem or difficulty:
an effective herbal remedy for headaches
The best remedy for grief is hard work.
legal remedy legal a way of solving a problem or ordering someone to make a payment for harm or damage they have caused, using a decision made in a law court:
We have exhausted all possible legal remedies for this injustice.
remedies, remedying, remedied
1) N-COUNT A remedy is a successful way of dealing with a problem.
The remedy lies in the hands of the government.
...a remedy for economic ills.
2) N-COUNT A remedy is something that is intended to cure you when you are ill or in pain.
There are many different kinds of natural remedies to help overcome winter infections.
3) VERB If you remedy something that is wrong or harmful, you correct it or improve it.
[V n] A great deal has been done internally to remedy the situation.
1rem·e·dy /ˈrɛmədi/ noun, pl -dies
1 [count] : a medicine or treatment that relieves pain or cures a usually minor illness
• a remedy for fever
• The store now sells herbal remedies. [=medicines made from plants]
• a shelf of cold remedies [=medicines to take when you have a cold]
• Do you know of a good home remedy [=a medicine made at home] for heartburn?
• folk remedies [=traditional medicines that are not prescribed by a doctor]
2 : a way of solving or correcting a problem
• Building more roads isn't always the best remedy for traffic congestion.
• You may have no legal remedy [=way of finding a solution using the law] in this dispute.
• The problem was beyond remedy.
• She was left without remedy since the court did not recognize her claim.