Definition of Treat in English :

Define Treat in English

Treat meaning in English

Meaning of Treat in English

Pronunciation of Treat in English

Treat pronunciation in English

Pronounce Treat in English


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1. dainty, delicacy, goody, kickshaw, treat

something considered choice to eat

2. treat

an occurrence that causes special pleasure or delight


3. do by, handle, treat

interact in a certain way

Example Sentences:
'Do right by her'
'Treat him with caution, please'
'Handle the press reporters gently'

4. process, treat

subject to a process or treatment, with the aim of readying for some purpose, improving, or remedying a condition

Example Sentences:
'process cheese'
'process hair'
'treat the water so it can be drunk'
'treat the lawn with chemicals'
'treat an oil spill'

5. care for, treat

provide treatment for

Example Sentences:
'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'

6. address, cover, deal, handle, plow, treat

act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression

Example Sentences:
'This book deals with incest'
'The course covered all of Western Civilization'
'The new book treats the history of China'

7. treat

provide with a gift or entertainment

Example Sentences:
'Grandmother always treated us to the circus'
'I like to treat myself to a day at a spa when I am depressed'

8. regale, treat

provide with choice or abundant food or drink

Example Sentences:
'Don't worry about the expensive wine--I'm treating'
'She treated her houseguests with good food every night'

9. treat

engage in negotiations in order to reach an agreement

Example Sentences:
'they had to treat with the King'

10. treat

regard or consider in a specific way

Example Sentences:
'I treated his advances as a joke'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of treat
a celebration, entertainment, gift, or feast given for or to someone and paid for by another
any delightful surprise or specially pleasant occasion
the act of treating
4. (transitive)
to deal with or regard in a certain manner
she treats school as a joke
5. (transitive)
to apply treatment to
to treat a patient for malaria
6. (transitive)
to subject to a process or to the application of a substance
to treat photographic film with developer
7. (tr; often foll by to)
to provide (someone) (with) as a treat
he treated the children to a trip to the zoo
8. (intransitive; usually foll by of) formal
to deal (with), as in writing or speaking
9. (intransitive) formal
to discuss settlement; negotiate

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see synonyms of treat
verb intransitive
to discuss terms (with a person or for a settlement); negotiate
to deal with a subject in writing or speech; speak or write (of)
to stand the cost of another's or others' entertainment
verb transitive
to deal with (a subject) in writing, speech, music, painting, etc., esp. in a specified manner or style
to act or behave toward (a person, animal, etc.) in a specified manner
to have a specified attitude toward and deal with accordingly
to treat a mistake as a joke
to pay for the food, drink, entertainment, etc. of (another or others)
to provide with something that pleases
to subject to some process or to some substance in processing, as in a chemical procedure
to give medical or surgical care to (someone) or for (some disorder)
a meal, drink, entertainment, etc. paid for by someone else
anything that gives great pleasure
the act of treating or entertaining
one's turn to treat

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of treat
v. treat·ed, treat·ing, treats
1. To act or behave in a specified manner toward: treated me fairly.
2. To regard and handle in a certain way. Often used with as: treated the matter as a joke.
3. To deal with in writing or speech; discuss: a book that treats all aspects of health care.
4. To deal with or represent artistically in a specified manner or style: treats the subject poetically.
a. To provide with food, entertainment, or gifts at one's own expense: treated her sister to the theater.
b. To give (someone or oneself) something pleasurable: treated herself to a day in the country.
6. To subject to a process, action, or change, especially to a chemical or physical process or application: treated the cloth with bleach.
a. To give medical aid to (someone): treated many patients in the emergency room.
b. To give medical aid to counteract (a disease or condition): treated malaria with quinine.
1. To deal with a subject or topic in writing or speech. Often used with of: The essay treats of courtly love.
2. To pay for another's entertainment, food, or drink.
3. To engage in negotiations, as to reach a settlement or agree on terms: "Both sides nonetheless are quite willing to treat with [the king]" (Gregory J. Wallance).
1. Something, such as one's food or entertainment, that is paid for by someone else.
2. A source of a special delight or pleasure: His trip abroad was a real treat.

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