transitive verb1a : to deal with in speech or writing : expound
b : to present or represent artisticallyc : to deal with : handle food is plentiful and treated with imagination Cecil Beaton2a : to bear oneself toward : use treat a horse cruelly
b : to regard and deal with in a specified manner usually used with as treat the matter as confidential
3a : to provide with free food, drink, or entertainment they treated us to lunch
b : to provide with enjoyment or gratification
4 : to care for or deal with medically or surgically treat a disease
5 : to act upon with some agent especially to improve or alter treat a metal with acid
1 : to pay another's expenses (as for a meal or drink) especially as a compliment or as an expression of regard or friendship2 : to discuss terms of accommodation or settlement : negotiate3 : to deal with a matter especially in writing : discourse usually used with of a book treating of conservation
1a : the act of providing another with free food, drink, or entertainment dinner will be my treat
b : an entertainment given without expense to those invited
2 : an especially unexpected source of joy, delight, or amusement seeing her again was a treat
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History and Etymology for treat
Middle English treten, from Anglo-French treter, traiter, traitier, from Latin tractare to drag about, handle, deal with, frequentative of trahere to drag, pull
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Treat. Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/treat. Accessed 10 Jul. 2022.MLA
1 : to handle, deal with, use, or act toward in a usually stated way Treat this as secret. "Don't you think that is a cruel way to treat Wanda?" Eleanor Estes, The Hundred Dresses
2 : to pay for the food or entertainment of I'll treat you to dinner.
3 : to give medical or surgical care to : use medical care on The patient was treated for fever. Doctors sometimes treat cancer with drugs.
4 : to expose to some action (as of a chemical) Gardeners treat soil with lime.
1 : an often unexpected or unusual source of pleasure or amusement The day at the park was a treat.
2 : a food that tastes very good and is not eaten very often
3 : an instance of paying for someone's food or entertainment Dinner is my treat.\ ˈtrēt
: to care for or deal with medically or surgically : deal with by medical or surgical means treated their diseases treats a patient