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Dictionary Definition



1 something considered choice to eat [syn: dainty, delicacy, goody, kickshaw]
2 an occurrence that cause special pleasure or delight


1 interact in a certain way; "Do right by her"; "Treat him with caution, please"; "Handle the press reporters gently" [syn: handle, do by]
2 subject to a process or treatment, with the aim of readying for some purpose, improving, or remedying a condition; "process cheese"; "process hair"; "treat the water so it can be drunk"; "treat the lawn with chemicals" ; "treat an oil spill" [syn: process]
3 provide treatment for; "The doctor treated my broken leg"; "The nurses cared for the bomb victims"; "The patient must be treated right away or she will die"; "Treat the infection with antibiotics" [syn: care for]
4 deal with verbally or in some form of artistic expression; "This book deals with incest"; "The course covered all of Western Civilization"; "The new book treats the history of China" [syn: cover, handle, plow, deal, address]
5 provide with a gift or entertainment; "Grandmother always treated us to the circus"; "I like to treat myself to a day at a spa when I am depressed"
6 provide with choice or abundant food or drink; "Don't worry about the expensive wine--I'm treating"; "She treated her houseguests with good food every night" [syn: regale]
7 engage in negotiations in order to reach an agreement; "they had to treat with the King"
8 regard or consider in a specific way; "I treated his advances as a joke"

User Contributed Dictionary



Anglo-Norman treter, from Old French tretier (modern traiter), from Latin tractare ‘pull, manage’, from the past participle stem of trahere ‘draw, pull’.


  • /tri:t/


  1. To negotiate, discuss terms, bargain (for or with).
    We treated with Caesar for the surrender of the city.
  2. To discourse on; to represent or deal with in a particular way, in writing or speaking.
    The article treated feminism as a quintessentially modern movement.
  3. To discourse; to handle a subject in writing or speaking; to conduct a discussion.
    Cicero's writing treats mainly of old age and personal duty.
  4. To entreat or beseech (someone).
    Only let my family live, I treat thee.
  5. To handle, deal with or behave towards in a specific way.
    You treated me like a fool.
    She was tempted to treat the whole affair as a joke.
  6. To care for medicinally or surgically; to apply medical care to.
    They treated me for malaria.
  7. To subject to a specific action; to act upon with a specfic result in mind.
    The substance was treated with sulphuric acid.
    I treated the photo somewhat to make the colours more pronounced.
  8. To entertain with food or drink, especially at one's own expense; to show hospitality to.
    I treated my son to some popcorn in the interval.


to negotiate
to discourse, to represent
to handle a subject in writing or speaking
to entreat or beseech
to handle, deal with or behave towards in a specific way
to care for medicinally or surgically
to subject to a specific action
to entertain with food or drink


  1. A parley or discussion of terms; a negotiation.
  2. An entreaty.
  3. An entertainment, outing, or other indulgence provided by someone for the enjoyment of others.
    I took the kids to the zoo for a treat.
  4. An unexpected gift, event etc., which provides great pleasure.
    It was such a treat to see her back in action on the London stage.

Extensive Definition

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treat in Simple English: Treat

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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