Definition of Treat
1. Noun. Something considered choice to eat.
Generic synonyms: Aliment, Alimentation, Nourishment, Nutriment, Nutrition, Sustenance, Victuals
Specialized synonyms: Choice Morsel, Tidbit, Titbit, Savory, Savoury, Confection, Sweet, Ambrosia, Nectar, Gelatin, Jelly, Bone Marrow, Marrow
Derivative terms: Dainty
2. Verb. Interact in a certain way. "Handle the press reporters gently"
Specialized synonyms: Bemock, Mock, Cut, Disregard, Ignore, Snub, Wrong, Handle With Kid Gloves, Criminalize, Nurse, Strong-arm, Ride Roughshod, Run Roughshod, Upstage, Rough-house, Brutalise, Brutalize, Do Well By, Gloss Over, Skate Over, Skimp Over, Slur Over, Smooth Over, Abuse, Ill-treat, Ill-use, Maltreat, Mistreat, Step, Baby, Cocker, Coddle, Cosset, Featherbed, Indulge, Mollycoddle, Pamper, Spoil
Related verbs: Address, Cover, Deal, Handle, Plow
Generic synonyms: Interact
3. Noun. An occurrence that causes special pleasure or delight.
4. Verb. Subject to a process or treatment, with the aim of readying for some purpose, improving, or remedying a condition. "Treat an oil spill"
Specialized synonyms: Propagate, Iodise, Iodize, Nitrate, Tank, Aerate, Oxygenate, Oxygenise, Oxygenize, Mercerise, Mercerize, Malt, Fluoridate, Fluoridise, Fluoridize, Creosote, Chlorinate, Carbonate, Camphorate, Bromate, Brominate, Ammoniate, Irradiate, Ray, Scald, Refine, Nitrify, Nitrogenise, Nitrogenize, Reverberate, Curry, Seed, Dose, Sulfur, Sulphur, Vulcanise, Vulcanize, Chrome, Bituminise, Bituminize, Agenise, Agenize, Run, Carboxylate, Beneficiate, Digest, Fume, Fumigate, Air-condition
Generic synonyms: Affect, Bear On, Bear Upon, Impact, Touch, Touch On
Derivative terms: Processing, Processor, Processor, Treatment
5. Verb. Provide treatment for. "Did he treat his foot? "; "Treat the infection with antibiotics"
Specialized synonyms: Hyperventilate, Massage, Purge, Correct, Insufflate, Detox, Detoxify, Irrigate, Iodise, Iodize, Doctor, Vet, Nurse, Manipulate, Administer, Dispense, Relieve, Remedy, Dress, Splint, Operate, Operate On, Medicate, Medicine, Bleed, Leech, Phlebotomise, Phlebotomize, Cup, Transfuse, Shock, Pack, Burn, Cauterise, Cauterize, Analyse, Analyze, Psychoanalyse, Psychoanalyze
Derivative terms: Treatment
6. Verb. Act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression. "The new book treats the history of China"
Generic synonyms: Broach, Initiate
Specialized synonyms: Theologise, Theologize, Discourse, Discuss, Talk About
Related verbs: Do By, Handle, Comprehend, Cover, Embrace, Encompass
Derivative terms: Coverage, Treatment
7. Verb. Provide with a gift or entertainment. "I like to treat myself to a day at a spa when I am depressed"
8. Verb. Provide with choice or abundant food or drink. "She treated her houseguests with good food every night"
Specialized synonyms: Wine, Alcoholize, Feast, Feed
Generic synonyms: Cater, Ply, Provide, Supply
9. Verb. Engage in negotiations in order to reach an agreement. "They had to treat with the King"
10. Verb. Regard or consider in a specific way. "I treated his advances as a joke"
Definition of Treat
1. v. t. To handle; to manage; to use; to bear one's self toward; as, to treat prisoners cruelly; to treat children kindly.
2. v. i. 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.
3. n. A parley; a conference.
Definition of Treat
1. Verb. (intransitive) To negotiate, discuss terms, bargain (''for'' or ''with''). (defdate from 13th c.) ¹
2. Verb. (intransitive) To discourse; to handle a subject in writing or speaking; to conduct a discussion. (defdate from 14th c.) ¹
3. Verb. (transitive) To discourse on; to represent or deal with in a particular way, in writing or speaking. (defdate from 14th c.) ¹
4. Verb. (transitive intransitive obsolete) To entreat or beseech (someone). (defdate 14th-17th c.) ¹
5. Verb. (transitive) To handle, deal with or behave towards in a specific way. (defdate from 14th c.) ¹
6. Verb. (transitive) To entertain with food or drink, especially at one's own expense; to show hospitality to. (defdate from 16th c.) ¹
7. Verb. (transitive) To care for medicinally or surgically; to apply medical care to. (defdate from 18th c.) ¹
8. Verb. (transitive) To subject to a chemical or other action; to act upon with a specific scientific result in mind. (defdate from 19th c.) ¹
9. Noun. An entertainment, outing, or other indulgence provided by someone for the enjoyment of others. ¹
10. Noun. An unexpected gift, event etc., which provides great pleasure. ¹
11. Noun. (obsolete) A parley or discussion of terms; a negotiation. ¹
12. Noun. (obsolete) An entreaty. ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
Definition of Treat
1. to behave in a particular way toward [v -ED, -ING, -S]
Medical Definition of Treat
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. "To treat the peace, a hundred senators Shall be commissioned." (Dryden)
Lexicographical Neighbors of Treat
Literary usage of Treat
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. A History of the People of the United States: From the Revolution to the by John Bach McMaster (1896)
"... Castlereagh announcing the willingness of England to treat directly with the United States reached Cathcart at the headquarters of the army in Bohemia. ..."
2. The Spectator: With Sketches of the Lives of the Authors, an Index, and by Joseph Addison, Richard Steele (1853)
"How those please the imagination, who treat of subjects abstracted from matter, by allusions taken from it. What allusions most pleasing to the imagination. ..."