: the act or manner or an instance of treating someone or something: such as
: conduct or behavior towards another
The actor requires careful treatment.
… he always treated people with whom he disagreed with utmost civility and never allowed his scholarly predispositions to interfere with respectful treatment of students holding differing views.—LSA [Linguistic Society of America] Bulletin
: the action or manner of dealing with something (such as a topic) often in a specified way
… the best and most comprehensive treatment of American foreign oil policy that has so far been written.—Burton I. Kaufman
… cinematic treatments of organized crime as GoodFellas, Godfather III and Miller's Crossing.—Ralph Novak
… most of us readers assume that this conflict of interest is the reason PC Magazine reviews of Microsoft products are softball treatments that in no way reflect the actual experiences of users, who are plagued with constant program crashes.—Joseph Kristl
: the action or way of treating a patient or a condition medically or surgically : management and care to prevent, cure, ameliorate, or slow progression of a medical condition
treatment of accident victims
palliative treatment of inoperable cancer
treatment of a blocked artery
treatment of diabetic patients
also: an instance of treating a patient or medical condition
Removal of the skin growth required a single treatment.
: subjection of something to the action of an agent or process
It is the most economical and practical method of purification and treatment of water.—Business Insider (online)
a wastewater treatment plant
: a therapeutic agent, therapy, or procedure used to treat a medical condition
Placebos—medical treatments that contain no active ingredients—have triggered an outbreak of controversy …—Science News
: something (such as a product or technique) used in treating, enhancing, or improving the performance, condition, or appearance of someone or something
exfoliating skin treatments
He cares about the condition of hair, invents treatments as well as styles, and has brought out a special hair-care product made of bone marrow.—Vogue
Regularly apply a waterproofing treatment suitable for the boot whether it be normal leather, nubuck or suede.—Rodney Chester
Wainscoting is paneling that lines the lower part of the walls in a room. This decorative treatment usually goes as high as chair rail height, but can be raised higher for a more elegant wall treatment.—Denise Freese
: the techniques or actions customarily applied in a specified situation: such as
: the provision (such as by a store or restaurant) of the goods or services associated with a visit, fee, or order
The party received special treatment at the restaurant.
"If you want luxury goods, then walking into a Gucci or Prada or Cartier and getting the full treatment and sitting on the cushy leather banquette is part of the experience," says freelance writer and fashion aficionada Lisbeth Levine.—Robin Givhan
: a pattern of actions (such as the bestowal of gifts and favors) designed to reward, encourage, or convince
… he has been getting the standard treatment of cocktail parties, press interviews and deals with advertisers …—Time
In those early days, [Gerald] Ford was invited to the White House by the natty, peppery Harry Truman, who wanted $5 million to renovate the crumbling building. Ford got the full treatment, with amateur architect Truman pointing out sagging floors and the lack of closets. Truman got his money.—Hugh Sidey
: a pattern of actions (such as insults or physical punishment) designed to punish or persuade—used especially in phrases like get the treatment and give (someone) the treatment
When asked what MI [Military Intelligence] said, he [Sergeant Javal S. Davis] stated: "Loosen this guy up for us. Make sure he has a bad night. Make sure he gets the treatment."—Los Angeles Times
Some of the cops at the station house were ready to take him into a back room and give him "the treatment" for passing himself off as one of them.—William McGowan
Instead, the press corps closed their minds and treated dissenters like pariahs to coerce conformity. NBC News got the full treatment when it dared to break ranks.—Michael Goodwin
Examples of treatment in a Sentence
We want to ensure equal treatment for everyone.
The law requires humane treatment of prisoners.
It's a complicated issue that requires careful treatment.
The book's treatment of this important issue is unimpressive.
Previous treatments of this topic have ignored some key issues.
The patient required immediate medical treatment.
She is receiving treatment for cancer.
The drug has been approved as a treatment for AIDS. See More
Recent Examples on the WebPlans are underway for the adjacent La Salina wastewater treatment plant to be decommissioned after a pump station is built to pipe sewage inland to the San Luis Rey treatment plant.—Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Nov. 2023 Each of these individuals deserves a treatment plan that is tailored to their needs.—Paige Stables, Allure, 22 Nov. 2023 Firefighters rushed the toddler to a hospital for treatment that afternoon, but the child died the next night.—Emily Palmer, Peoplemag, 22 Nov. 2023 The Lincoln's driver, Mark Thompson, 67, of Cherokee Village, and Matthew Belton, 30 of Evening Shade, who was driving the Dodge, were taken to a hospital for treatment.—Grant Lancaster, arkansasonline.com, 22 Nov. 2023 According to a GoFundMe his family set up to help cover treatment costs, Williams was diagnosed with the rare cancer in 2022.—Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 21 Nov. 2023 St Regis The Maldives’ spa scene is saturated with overwater treatment rooms and oceanside sound baths.—Katie Lockhart, Robb Report, 21 Nov. 2023 Mental health benefits More than two-thirds (71%) of them don’t know Medicare covers inpatient and mental health treatment.—Richard Eisenberg, Fortune Well, 20 Nov. 2023 Consider the Ole Henriksen PHAT Glow Facial Mask, a pricy salon treatment in a far more affordable bottle.—Anamaria Glavan, Allure, 11 Nov. 2023 See More
These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'treatment.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.