Verb: Select, organize, and look after the items in (a collection or exhibition)
The noun form of the verb “curate” is “curation” and it translates into the act of “selecting, organizing and looking after items in (a collection or exhibition).” For hundreds of years, museums and art galleries hired people called curators who decided which pieces/exhibits to show and which to tuck in the basement. This makes sense because if a museum were to display all of its art or all of its collectibles at the same time, you wouldn’t be able to make your through the physical building. You also wouldn’t have the benefit of seeing similar pieces or periods being grouped together. Instead, you’d get a hodgepodge of things that ended up looking like clutter versus art or something educational.