verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of treat
Related Words for treatfeast, tidbit, thrill, gift, goody, delicacy, refreshment, delight, sweet, fun, pleasure, use, manage, handle, consider, evaluate, regard, serve, play, employ
Examples from the Web for treat
Contemporary Examples of treat
Almost everyone there will be a decent person and treat you well.Abramoff’s Advice for Virginia’s New Jailhouse Guv
Tim Mak, Jackie Kucinich
January 7, 2015
Yazbek tells The Daily Beast that the traffickers guarantee their service, and they treat the Syrian refugees with respect.Ghost Ships of the Mediterranean
Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 6, 2015
This is Bey and Nicki at their most lyrically masochistic, and boy, is it a treat.The 14 Best Songs of 2014: Bobby Shmurda, Future Islands, Drake, and More
December 31, 2014
Koenig apologies for what she seems to treat as a sign of weakness.Adnan Killed Her! No, Jay Did It! Serial’s Uncertain, True-to-Reality End
December 18, 2014
“Treat every crime as if the victim were your mother,” Maple would say.Eric Garner Was Just a Number to Them
December 5, 2014
Historical Examples of treat
Nevertheless I continued to treat him well on account of the interest you felt in him.
If Halbert will let me alone, or treat me with civility, he may be sure that I shall not trouble him.
What would you say, were I to treat you as Miss Harlowe's father and mother treat her?
He was resolved to treat this subject upon large and generous principles.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
I am sure it was not thus my fault you had not, although you treat me thus.
Word Origin for treat
c.1300, "negotiate, bargain, deal with," from Old French traiter (12c.), from Latin tractare "manage, handle, deal with," originally "drag about," frequentative of trahere (past participle tractus) "to pull, draw" (see tract (n.1)). Meaning "to entertain with food and drink by way of compliment or kindness (or bribery)" is recorded from c.1500. Sense of "deal with in speech or writing" (early 14c.) led to the use in medicine (1781), "to attempt to heal or cure." Related: Treated; treating.
late 14c., "action of discussing terms," from treat (v.). Sense of "a treating with food and drink" (1650s) was extended by 1770 to "anything that gives pleasure."
In addition to the idiom beginning with treat
- treat like dirt
- Dutch treat
- trick or treat