Definition of Treat

1. Noun. Something considered choice to eat.

2. Verb. Interact in a certain way. "Handle the press reporters gently"

3. Noun. An occurrence that causes special pleasure or delight.

4. Verb. Subject to a process or treatment, with the aim of readying for some purpose, improving, or remedying a condition. "Treat an oil spill"

5. Verb. Provide treatment for. "Did he treat his foot? "; "Treat the infection with antibiotics"

6. Verb. Act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression. "The new book treats the history of China"
Exact synonyms: Address, Cover, Deal, Handle, Plow
Generic synonyms: Broach, Initiate
Specialized synonyms: Theologise, Theologize, Discourse, Discuss, Talk About
Related verbs: Do By, Handle, Comprehend, Cover, Embrace, Encompass
Derivative terms: Coverage, Treatment

7. Verb. Provide with a gift or entertainment. "I like to treat myself to a day at a spa when I am depressed"
Related verbs: Regale
Generic synonyms: Gift, Give, Present

8. Verb. Provide with choice or abundant food or drink. "She treated her houseguests with good food every night"
Exact synonyms: Regale
Specialized synonyms: Wine, Alcoholize, Feast, Feed
Generic synonyms: Cater, Ply, Provide, Supply

9. Verb. Engage in negotiations in order to reach an agreement. "They had to treat with the King"
Generic synonyms: Negociate
Derivative terms: Treater

10. Verb. Regard or consider in a specific way. "I treated his advances as a joke"
Generic synonyms: React, Respond
Related verbs: Do By, Handle

Definition of Treat

1. v. t. To handle; to manage; to use; to bear one's self toward; as, to treat prisoners cruelly; to treat children kindly.

2. v. i. To discourse; to handle a subject in writing or speaking; to make discussion; -- usually with of; as, Cicero treats of old age and of duties.

3. n. A parley; a conference.

Definition of Treat

1. Verb. (intransitive) To negotiate, discuss terms, bargain (''for'' or ''with''). (defdate from 13th c.) ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To discourse; to handle a subject in writing or speaking; to conduct a discussion. (defdate from 14th c.) ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To discourse on; to represent or deal with in a particular way, in writing or speaking. (defdate from 14th c.) ¹

4. Verb. (transitive intransitive obsolete) To entreat or beseech (someone). (defdate 14th-17th c.) ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To handle, deal with or behave towards in a specific way. (defdate from 14th c.) ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To entertain with food or drink, especially at one's own expense; to show hospitality to. (defdate from 16th c.) ¹

7. Verb. (transitive) To care for medicinally or surgically; to apply medical care to. (defdate from 18th c.) ¹

8. Verb. (transitive) To subject to a chemical or other action; to act upon with a specific scientific result in mind. (defdate from 19th c.) ¹

9. Noun. An entertainment, outing, or other indulgence provided by someone for the enjoyment of others. ¹

10. Noun. An unexpected gift, event etc., which provides great pleasure. ¹

11. Noun. (obsolete) A parley or discussion of terms; a negotiation. ¹

12. Noun. (obsolete) An entreaty. ¹

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Definition of Treat

1. to behave in a particular way toward [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Treat

1. 1. To handle; to manage; to use; to bear one's self toward; as, to treat prisoners cruelly; to treat children kindly. 2. To discourse on; to handle in a particular manner, in writing or speaking; as, to treat a subject diffusely. 3. To entertain with food or drink, especially the latter, as a compliment, or as an expression of friendship or regard; as, to treat the whole company. 4. To negotiate; to settle; to make terms for. "To treat the peace, a hundred senators Shall be commissioned." (Dryden) 5. To care for medicinally or surgically; to manage in the use of remedies or appliances; as, to treat a disease, a wound, or a patient. 6. To subject to some action; to apply something to; as, to treat a substance with sulphuric acid. 7. To entreat; to beseech. Origin: OE. Treten, OF. Traitier, F. Traiter, from L. Tractare to draw violently, to handle, manage, treat, v. Intens. From trahere, tractum, to draw. See Trace, and cf. Entreat, Retreat, Trait. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Treat

treasurer's cheque
treasury shares
treasury stock
treasury tag
treasury tags
treat (current term)
treat them mean, keep them keen

Literary usage of Treat

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A History of the People of the United States: From the Revolution to the by John Bach McMaster (1896)
"... Castlereagh announcing the willingness of England to treat directly with the United States reached Cathcart at the headquarters of the army in Bohemia. ..."

2. The Spectator: With Sketches of the Lives of the Authors, an Index, and by Joseph Addison, Richard Steele (1853)
"How those please the imagination, who treat of subjects abstracted from matter, by allusions taken from it. What allusions most pleasing to the imagination. ..."

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