Definitions for: Treat


[n] something considered choice to eat
[v] provide treatment for; "The doctor treated my broken leg"; "The nurses cared for the bomb victims"; "The patient must be treated right away or she will die"; "Treat the infection with antibiotics"
[v] subject to a process or treatment, with the aim of readying for some purpose, improving, or remedying a condition; "process cheese"; "process hair"; "treat the water so it can be drunk"; "treat the lawn with chemicals" ; "treat an oil spill"
[v] regard or consider in a specific way; "I treated his advances as a joke"
[v] engage in negotiations in order to reach an agreement; "they had to treat with the King"
[v] deal with verbally or in some form of artistic expression; "This book deals with incest"; "The course covered all of Western Civilization"; "The new book treats the history of China"
[v] provide with choice or abundant food or drink; "Don't worry about the expensive wine--I'm treating"; "She treated her houseguests with good food every night"
[v] provide with a gift or entertainment; "Grandmother always treated us to the circus"; "I like to treat myself to a day at a spa when I am depressed"
[v] interact in a certain way; "Do right by her"; "Treat him with caution, please"; "Handle the press reporters gently"



Webster (1913) Definition: Treat, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Treated; p. pr. & vb. n.
Treating.] [OE. treten, OF. traitier, F. traiter, from L.
tractare to draw violently, to handle, manage, treat, v.
intens. from trahere, tractum, to draw. See Trace, v. t.,
and cf. Entreat, Retreat, Trait.]
1. To handle; to manage; to use; to bear one's self toward;
as, to treat prisoners cruelly; to treat children kindly.

2. To discourse on; to handle in a particular manner, in
writing or speaking; as, to treat a subject diffusely.

3. To entertain with food or drink, especially the latter, as
a compliment, or as an expression of friendship or regard;
as, to treat the whole company.

4. To negotiate; to settle; to make terms for. [Obs.]

To treat the peace, a hundred senators Shall be
commissioned. --Dryden.

5. (Med.) To care for medicinally or surgically; to manage in
the use of remedies or appliances; as, to treat a disease,
a wound, or a patient.

6. To subject to some action; to apply something to; as, to
treat a substance with sulphuric acid. --Ure.

7. To entreat; to beseech. [Obs.] --Ld. Berners.


Treat, v. i.
1. To discourse; to handle a subject in writing or speaking;
to make discussion; -- usually with of; as, Cicero treats
of old age and of duties.

And, shortly of this story for to treat. --Chaucer.

Now of love they treat. --Milton.

2. To negotiate; to come to terms of accommodation; -- often
followed by with; as, envoys were appointed to treat with
France.

Inform us, will the emperor treat! --Swift.

3. To give a gratuitous entertainment, esp. of food or drink,
as a compliment.


Treat, n.
1. A parley; a conference. [Obs.]

Bid him battle without further treat. --Spenser.

2. An entertainment given as an expression of regard.

3. That which affords entertainment; a gratification; a
satisfaction; as, the concert was a rich treat.

Synonyms: address, care for, cover, dainty, deal, delicacy, do by, goody, handle, handle, kickshaw, plow, process, regale

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