verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


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
Related formstreat·er, nounnon·treat·ed, adjectiveo·ver·treat, verbself-treat·ed, adjectiveun·treat·ed, adjectivewell-treat·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for well-treated

Historical Examples of well-treated

  • No man knew better than the Dean when he was well-treated and when ill-treated.

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope

  • I soon told her all that had happened to me, and that I was well-treated and not very unhappy.

  • None of your Hardhacks, but a school where he will be happy and well-treated.

    Hildegarde's Home

    Laura E. Richards

  • You must be assured that your mount will be well-treated and not abused.

    If You're Going to Live in the Country

    Thomas H. Ormsbee and Richmond Huntley

  • Medor's appearance was that of a useful and well-treated servant; his looks towards his master those of a confiding friend.

    Popular Tales

    Madame Guizot

British Dictionary definitions for well-treated


adjective (well treated when postpositive)

not subjected to threats, harm, or other bad treatmenthostages were well treated



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 well-treated



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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

well-treated in Medicine




To give medical aid to someone.
To give medical aid to counteract a disease or condition.
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Idioms and Phrases with well-treated


In addition to the idiom beginning with treat

  • treat like dirt

also see:

  • Dutch treat
  • trick or treat
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