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treat

verb \ ˈtrēt \

Definition of treat

transitive verb
1 a :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
2 a :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
3 a :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

treater

noun

Examples of treat in a Sentence

  1. The author treats this issue in the next chapter.

  2. This situation must be treated with great care.

  3. I try to treat everyone equally.

  4. She treats the horse cruelly.

  5. They treated me like a member of their family.

  6. I was treated like a queen.

  7. My parents still treat me like a child.

  8. Try to treat everyone as an equal.

  9. Young people should always treat their elders with respect.

  10. Let's go out to dinner. I'll treat.

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Origin and Etymology of treat

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

treat Synonyms

Synonyms
act (toward), be (to), deal (with), handle, serve, use, do by
Related Words
consider, esteem, rate, reckon, regard, view; engage (with), react (to), respond (to)
Near Antonyms
botch, bungle, foozle, fumble, goof (up), louse up, mess (up), mishandle, muff, scamp

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treat

noun

Definition of treat

1 a :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

Examples of treat in a Sentence

  1. We took the kids to the water park as a special treat.

  2. cookies and other tasty treats

  3. She rewarded the dog with a treat.

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First Known Use of treat

1651



TREAT Defined for English Language Learners

treat

verb

Definition of treat for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of treat for English Language Learners

  • : an occurrence in which you pay for someone's food, drink, or entertainment

  • : something pleasant or amusing that is unusual or unexpected

  • : something that tastes good and that is not eaten often


TREAT Defined for Kids

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treat

verb \ ˈtrēt \

Definition of treat for Students

treated; treating
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.

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treat

noun

Definition of treat for Students

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.

Medical Dictionary

treat

transitive verb \ ˈtrēt \

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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