Definition of treat

1. To negotiate, discuss terms, bargain (for or with).
2. To discourse; to handle a subject in writing or speaking; to conduct a discussion.
Cicero's writing treats mainly of old age and personal duty.
3. To discourse on; to represent or deal with in a particular way, in writing or speaking.
The article treated feminism as a quintessentially modern movement.
4. To entreat or beseech (someone).
Only let my family live, I treat thee.
5. To handle, deal with or behave towards in a specific way.
You treated me like a fool.
She was tempted to treat the whole affair as a joke.
6. To entertain with food or drink, especially at one's own expense; to show hospitality to; to pay for as celebration or reward.
I treated my son to some popcorn in the interval.
I've done so well this month, I'll treat you all to dinner (or 'Dinner is my treat.)
My husband treated me to a Paris holiday for our anniversary.
7. To care for medicinally or surgically; to apply medical care to.
They treated me for malaria.
8. To subject to a chemical or other action; to act upon with a specific scientific result in mind.
He treated the substance with sulphuric acid.
I treated the photo somewhat to make the colours more pronounced.
9. To provide something special and pleasant.
10. An entertainment, outing, or other indulgence provided by someone for the enjoyment of others.
I took the kids to the zoo for a treat.
11. An unexpected gift, event etc., which provides great pleasure.
It was such a treat to see her back in action on the London stage.
12. A parley or discussion of terms; a negotiation.
13. An entreaty.
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“Have you been ill-treated?” asked Mr Obadiah.
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Dr Brisbane was a senior doctor in the largest hospital in Liberia, where he helped treat victims of haemorrhagic fever.
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Calpurnia treated me nicely enough but there was always a distance between us.
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I was treated; none of my wounds were serious. At twenty-two, one can recover from anything.
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The forces for the African Union Peacekeeping Mission (MISCA) in the Central African Republic (CAR) will now treat anti- Balaka militias as ‘enemies’.
(Source: Voice of America)
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South Africa already has two reactors at the Koeberg nuclear power station, while the waste is treated at the Vaalputs facility.
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As a tent keeper he had treated me fairly.
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He had always been pampered and treated with tenderness; he had never heard a harsh word or even an impolite one.
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He had treated me only with kindness.
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the latter, having begun to mingle in their games, was immediately done over by these little robbers, who treated her without mercy.
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