treat

verb
\ ˈtrēt How to pronounce treat (audio) \
treated; treating; treats

Definition of treat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to deal with in speech or writing : expound
b : to present or represent artistically
c : to deal with : handle food is plentiful and treated with imagination— Cecil Beaton
2a : to bear oneself toward : use treat a horse cruelly
b : to regard and deal with in a specified manner usually used with as treat the matter as confidential
3a : to provide with free food, drink, or entertainment they treated us to lunch
b : to provide with enjoyment or gratification
4 : to care for or deal with medically or surgically treat a disease
5 : to act upon with some agent especially to improve or alter treat a metal with acid

intransitive verb

1 : to pay another's expenses (as for a meal or drink) especially as a compliment or as an expression of regard or friendship
2 : to discuss terms of accommodation or settlement : negotiate
3 : to deal with a matter especially in writing : discourse usually used with of a book treating of conservation

treat

noun

Definition of treat (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the act of providing another with free food, drink, or entertainment dinner will be my treat
b : an entertainment given without expense to those invited
2 : an especially unexpected source of joy, delight, or amusement seeing her again was a treat

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Other Words from treat

Verb

treater noun

Synonyms for treat

Synonyms: Verb

act (toward), be (to), deal (with), handle, serve, use

Synonyms: Noun

delectation, delight, feast, gas [slang], joy, kick, manna, pleasure

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Examples of treat in a Sentence

Verb

The author treats this issue in the next chapter. This situation must be treated with great care. I try to treat everyone equally. She treats the horse cruelly. They treated me like a member of their family. I was treated like a queen. My parents still treat me like a child. Try to treat everyone as an equal. Young people should always treat their elders with respect. Let's go out to dinner. I'll treat.

Noun

We took the kids to the water park as a special treat. cookies and other tasty treats She rewarded the dog with a treat.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

South African media say the infant is being treated in a hospital. Christopher Torchia, The Seattle Times, "Newborn baby pulled from storm drain in South Africa," 12 Feb. 2019 For the first time, climate change policy is being treated as an urgent threat. Hadiya Afzal, Teen Vogue, "Here’s Why Members of Congress Including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar Give Me Hope," 7 Jan. 2019 One generation’s eyesore, though, is another’s treat, and now brutalism is experiencing a resurgence. Lauren Ho, Condé Nast Traveler, "Architectural Reboot: The Return of Brutalism," 20 Dec. 2018 First reported by users on Twitter, the company now confirms that older messages are being treated as new, unread ones and popping up in the Messenger tab on Facebook.com. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Facebook confirms years-old messages are randomly coming back to haunt users," 27 Nov. 2018 Michael managed to get through his emotions and revealed that his whole family moved to L.A. and stayed at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, where Noah was being treated. Michelle Manetti, Good Housekeeping, "Michael Bublé Breaks Down Over Son During 'Carpool Karaoke'," 28 Oct. 2018 Fortunately, Mayo Clinic says the condition can be treated with hormone replacement therapy, stress management, and counseling. Sarah Jio, Woman's Day, "10 Reasons Your Husband Doesn't Want to Have Sex," 21 Feb. 2019 Once upon a time,the ethics of treating historical events through fictional narratives was a hotly disputed thing. Barton Swaim, WSJ, "‘Landfall’ Review: How It Really Never Happened," 15 Feb. 2019 Ovarian cancer is often diagnosed in the later stages, so removing as much of it as possible is a crucial part of treating the disease. Korin Miller, SELF, "What Are My Options for Ovarian Cancer Treatment?," 13 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Then, when the big day arrives, whip up the treats together and spend time catching up over a spread of snacks and homemade cocktails. Shelby Deering, Country Living, "5 Party Ideas That Give Back to Your Community," 1 Nov. 2018 The real treat is the two holographic shades towards the end, VR Fire Opal and Astral Luna Gold, which look gold and white but shift to a green and gold, respectively. Allure Editors, Allure, "The Best New Beauty Products of September 2018," 30 Sep. 2018 Stop in at participating stores from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and get the free treat to celebrate the chain’s birthday. Doreen Christensen, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Free Slurpees at 7-Eleven on Wednesday followed by a week of free treats," 11 July 2018 And finish with some off-dry and sweet treats from Domaine Huet or Patrick Baudouin. Laura Giannatempo, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Wine to Pair With Turkey, According to Wine Experts," 15 Nov. 2018 For dessert, there's pickle ice cream, a soft-serve hot-weather treat from the Lucky Pickle Dumpling Co. in New York. Zlati Meyer, USA TODAY, "Pucker up! KFC, Sonic go pickle crazy, joining potato chip and, yes, ice-cream makers," 21 June 2018 Everyone in the family can chow down on tasty treats from local food trucks and then enjoy the fireworks show later in the night. Jessica Suriano, azcentral, "23 places to watch Fourth of July fireworks in metro Phoenix," 18 June 2018 Fill your summer with treats from these Connecticut sweet spots, featuring farm-fresh ingredients, crazy flavors and decadent toppings. Leeanne Griffin, courant.com, "25-Plus Popular Ice Cream Spots In Connecticut," 21 May 2018 Landlubbers don pirate bandannas as the evening starts with a dessert party — featuring treats from cake to Mickey’s Premium Ice Cream Sandwiches. Kathleen Christiansen, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Get a pirate's eye view of Magic Kingdom fireworks," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of treat

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 2

Noun

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for treat

Verb

Middle English treten, from Anglo-French treter, traiter, traitier, from Latin tractare to drag about, handle, deal with, frequentative of trahere to drag, pull

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treat

verb

English Language Learners Definition of treat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to deal with or think about (something) especially in a particular way
: to think of and act toward (someone or something) in a specified way
: to pay for someone's food, drink, or entertainment

treat

noun

English Language Learners Definition of treat (Entry 2 of 2)

: an occurrence in which you pay for someone's food, drink, or entertainment
: something pleasant or amusing that is unusual or unexpected
US : something that tastes good and that is not eaten often

treat

verb
\ ˈtrēt How to pronounce treat (audio) \
treated; treating

Kids Definition of treat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to handle, deal with, use, or act toward in a usually stated way Treat this as secret. … “Don't you think that is a cruel way to treat Wanda?” …— Eleanor Estes, The Hundred Dresses
2 : to pay for the food or entertainment of I'll treat you to dinner.
3 : to give medical or surgical care to : use medical care on The patient was treated for fever. Doctors sometimes treat cancer with drugs.
4 : to expose to some action (as of a chemical) Gardeners treat soil with lime.

treat

noun

Kids Definition of treat (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an often unexpected or unusual source of pleasure or amusement The day at the park was a treat.
2 : a food that tastes very good and is not eaten very often
3 : an instance of paying for someone's food or entertainment Dinner is my treat.
\ ˈtrēt How to pronounce treat (audio) \

Medical Definition of treat

: to care for or deal with medically or surgically : deal with by medical or surgical means treated their diseases treats a patient

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