verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


Nearby words

  1. treasury certificate,
  2. treasury note,
  3. treasury of merits,
  4. treasury stock,
  5. treasury tag,
  6. treat like dirt,
  7. treatable,
  8. treatise,
  9. treatment,
  10. treaty

Origin of treat

1250–1300; Middle English treten (v.) < Old French tretier, traitier < Latin tractāre to drag, handle, treat, frequentative of trahere to drag. See tract1

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British Dictionary definitions for 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


(tr) to deal with or regard in a certain mannershe treats school as a joke
(tr) to apply treatment toto treat a patient for malaria
(tr) to subject to a process or to the application of a substanceto treat photographic film with developer
(tr ; often foll by to) to provide (someone) (with) as a treathe treated the children to a trip to the zoo
(intr usually foll by of) formal to deal (with), as in writing or speaking
(intr) formal to discuss settlement; negotiate
Derived Formstreatable, adjectivetreater, noun

Word Origin for treat

C13: from Old French tretier, from Latin tractāre to manage, from trahere to drag

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Word Origin and History for treat
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Medicine definitions for treat




To give medical aid to someone.
To give medical aid to counteract a disease or condition.

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Idioms and Phrases with treat


In addition to the idiom beginning with treat

  • treat like dirt

also see:

  • Dutch treat
  • trick or treat
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