to act or behave toward (a person) in some specified way: to treat someone with respect.
to consider or regard in a specified way, and deal with accordingly: to treat a matter as unimportant.
to deal with (a disease, patient, etc.) in order to relieve or cure.
to deal with in speech or writing; discuss.
to deal with, develop, or represent artistically, especially in some specified manner or style: to treat a theme realistically.
to subject to some agent or action in order to bring about a particular result: to treat a substance with an acid.
to entertain; give hospitality to: He treats diplomats in the lavish surroundings of his country estate.
to provide food, entertainment, gifts, etc., at one's own expense: Let me treat you to dinner.
to deal with a subject in speech or writing; discourse: a work that treats of the caste system in India.
to give, or bear the expense of, a treat: Is it my turn to treat?
to carry on negotiations with a view to a settlement; discuss terms of settlement; negotiate.
entertainment, food, drink, etc., given by way of compliment or as an expression of friendly regard.
anything that affords particular pleasure or enjoyment.
the act of treating.
one's turn to treat.
- treater, noun
- non·treat·ed, adjective
- o·ver·treat, verb
- self-treated, adjective
- un·treat·ed, adjective
- well-treated, adjective
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How to use treat in a sentence
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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 manner: she treats school as a joke
(tr) to apply treatment to: to treat a patient for malaria
(tr) to subject to a process or to the application of a substance: to treat photographic film with developer
(tr ; often foll by to) to provide (someone) (with) as a treat: he 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
- treatable, adjective
- treater, noun
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Other Idioms and Phrases with treat
In addition to the idiom beginning with treat
- treat like dirt
- Dutch treat
- trick or treat
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