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

Don’t just ignore us and delete everything, treating us like fools. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "'The Voice' Is Under Fire for 'Clickbaiting' Viewers With a Since-Deleted Announcement," 19 May 2019 Sure, a world-weary writer will stay late and cover — but the news might not be treated with Wednesday-level reporting, and PR reps know it. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Today' Co-Star Jenna Bush Hager’s Royal Baby Theory Is So Spot on, It Has to Be Right," 3 May 2019 Yes, marijuana is legal everywhere in California, but that doesn’t mean all products are treated the same. Meredith Clark, Marie Claire, "Is CBD Even Legal Where You Live?," 12 Apr. 2019 These towers were said to be 60 cubits (90 feet) tall and covered with skins which were treated in vinegar, mud, and fire-resistant substances. William Gurstelle, Popular Mechanics, "How to Storm a Castle," 11 Apr. 2019 The same spokesperson told Buzzfeed news that shoppable posts will be treated like any other and won't be given more priority or visibility. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Instagram Just Added a New In-App Shopping Feature," 19 Mar. 2019 And should Colman win tonight's prize, the audience will undoubtedly be treated to a delightful onstage moment. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Olivia Colman Just Arrived on the Oscars Red Carpet in a Bold Green Dress," 25 Feb. 2019 While her baby was in another room being treated for low body temperature and jaundice, Cotterell underwent a cholecystectomy. Kate Wehr, Good Housekeeping, "Gallstones Are the Pregnancy Complication No One Warned Me About," 18 Apr. 2019 Two cancer patients participating in a study with the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia are being treated for myeloma and sarcoma with the technique. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "US Cancer Patients Are Undergoing CRISPR Tests For The First Time," 17 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Enjoy sweets and treats as indulgences in smaller amounts. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "A Plant-Based Diet, Like the One TODAY's Sheinelle Jones Is Following, Is 100% the Best Way to Eat," 29 Apr. 2019 Cannabis dispensaries are cropping up at a record pace, while CBD, a nonintoxicating component of cannabis plants touted for its anti-inflammatory and calming properties, is suddenly appearing in everything from eye cream to dog treats and coffee. Jessica Matlin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The New High Society," 18 Apr. 2019 And with the special day fast approaching, your kids are probably starting to eagerly anticipate the treats and gifts that the mythical hare will leave in their Easter baskets this year. Madison Alcedo, Country Living, "Your Kids Can Use This Cute Smartphone App to Call the Easter Bunny," 11 Mar. 2019 News, the trio went to the famous Serendipity restaurant in New York for some food and sweet treats. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Katie Holmes Wore a Rainbow Cardigan of Dreams with Jamie Foxx for Her Birthday," 19 Dec. 2018 The success of the PSL is also largely responsible for the barrage of pumpkin spice-flavored everything else, from cream cheese to dog treats, Kahlua, and in an especially wacky seasonal crossover, Peeps. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "Pumpkin spice lattes — and the backlash, and the backlash to the backlash — explained," 29 Aug. 2018 Plus, there is an extra special treat at the end of it that will certainly make anyone who was suspicious about the movie before, excited for what's to come. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About the Live-Action "Lion King" So Far," 10 Apr. 2019 Make time to get a figurative taste of royalty at Schönbrunn, the Habsburgs’ former summer residence, and get an actual taste of Sacher torte, a chocolate cake that's a local treat, at Hotel Sacher Vienna's Cafe Sacher. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cities in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 These are wines that, like many other high-quality sparkling wines, will pair well with a wide array of foods and will be a treat to drink on their own — as apertifs or celebration-enhancers. Michael Austin, The Seattle Times, "Trentodoc is the budget answer to Champagne you need to know," 11 Sep. 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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