[ treet-muhnt ]
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  1. an act or manner of treating.

  2. action or behavior toward a person, animal, etc.

  1. management in the application of medicines, surgery, etc.

  2. literary or artistic handling, especially with reference to style.

  3. subjection to some agent or action.

  4. Movies, Television. a preliminary outline of a film or teleplay laying out the key scenes, characters, and locales.

Origin of treatment

First recorded in 1550–60; treat + -ment

Other words for treatment

Other words from treatment

  • non·treat·ment, noun
  • o·ver·treat·ment, noun
  • post·treat·ment, adjective
  • self-treatment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

British Dictionary definitions for treatment


/ (ˈtriːtmənt) /

  1. the application of medicines, surgery, psychotherapy, etc, to a patient or to a disease or symptom

  2. the manner of handling or dealing with a person or thing, as in a literary or artistic work

  1. the act, practice, or manner of treating

  2. films an expansion of a script into sequence form, indicating camera angles, dialogue, etc

  3. the treatment slang the usual manner of dealing with a particular type of person (esp in the phrase give someone the (full) treatment)

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Other Idioms and Phrases with treatment


see red carpet (treatment).

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