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pretreat

[pree-treet]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to treat in advance or as part of a preliminary treatment: to pretreat wood before staining it.
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Origin of pretreat

First recorded in 1930–35; pre- + treat
Related formspre·treat·ment, noun
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