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

Our job is to prevent and treat impairments that affect the body’s ability to move efficiently. SELF, "How to Know When You Should See a Physical Therapist," 1 June 2019 The bank traditionally would have treated such properties as partial investments and required a higher down payment and loan rate than a single family home would require. Katy Mclaughlin, WSJ, "Living and Lending Under One Roof," 30 May 2019 While the epidemiologists were generally more convinced by the sperm-pocalyse, the front-line practitioners treating men were not. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Sperm counts are falling. This isn’t the reproductive apocalypse — yet.," 30 May 2019 The wood has been treated with a special TPU soaking process to reinforce the wood grain, which measures less than 1mm thick. Melissa Riofrio, PCWorld, "The HP Envy Wood Series puts real walnut or birch in five stylish laptops," 28 May 2019 The body is comprised of aluminum panels which have been UV-treated and coated with Kynar, an environmentally-friendly substance that prevents sun damage. Blake Z. Rong, Popular Mechanics, "RVs Are More Efficient Than Ever, Thanks to Eco-Friendly Manufacturing," 15 May 2019 Making a memorable impression on your guests means gifting them treats that foreshadow the weekend ahead. Sara-mae Albert, ELLE Decor, "How to Be the Ultimate Weekend Host for Out-of-Town Guests," 15 May 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Don't forget treats, training or boarding, and toys. NBC News, "Protecting your pets after you're gone: How to create a pet trust," 3 June 2019 Last month, Selena threw Country a gorgeous pool-side bridal shower in Los Angeles, complete with champagne, baked treats, and plenty Insta-worthy best friend moments from the party. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Selena Gomez Celebrates Her BFF's Bachelorette Party in Cabo San Lucas," 13 Feb. 2019 For a sweet treat, go for the coffee jelly, which is topped with frothy milk and served with sugar on the side. Katie Lockhart, Condé Nast Traveler, "11 Best Places For Coffee in Bangkok," 18 Oct. 2018 While Patricia reads the newspapers, the dogs snack on treats. Luzanne Otte, Town & Country, "A Day in the Life of Southern Charm's Patricia Altschul," 12 July 2018 Like clockwork, local artists and residents gathered in the cozy environs of The Crush Wine Lounge to sip vino, dine on delectable treats and most importantly, share their love of everything art as well as build camaraderie and friendship. Patricia Dillon, Houston Chronicle, "Art enthusiasts celebrate, build camaraderie at ‘ArtFeel Live’ in The Woodlands," 29 June 2018 Snack on sweet treats (think lemon elderflower cake) and smoked salmon crostini and asparagus goat cheese tart. Hannah Steinkopf-frank, RedEye Chicago, "Where to celebrate the royal wedding in Chicago," 14 May 2018 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

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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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