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Definitions of treat

  1. interact in a certain way; " Do right by her"; " Treat him with caution, please"; " Handle the press reporters gently"
  2. 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"
  3. 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"
  4. 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"
  5. regard or consider in a specific way; " I treated his advances as a joke"
  6. engage in negotiations in order to reach an agreement; " they had to treat with the King"
  7. 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"
  8. an occurrence that cause special pleasure or delight
  9. To handle; to manage; to use; to bear one's self toward; as, to treat prisoners cruelly; to treat children kindly.
  10. To discourse on; to handle in a particular manner, in writing or speaking; as, to treat a subject diffusely.
  11. 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.
  12. To negotiate; to settle; to make terms for.
  13. To subject to some action; to apply something to; as, to treat a substance with sulphuric acid.
  14. To entreat; to beseech.
  15. To give a gratuitous entertainment, esp. of food or drink, as a compliment.
  16. A parley; a conference.
  17. An entertainment given as an expression of regard.
  18. That which affords entertainment; a gratification; a satisfaction; as, the concert was a rich treat.
  19. 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.
  20. To negotiate; to come to terms of accommodation; - often followed by with; as, envoys were appointed to treat with France.
  21. To handle, deal with, or manage; to behave towards; to cause to undergo a process; as, to treat a photograph with chemicals; to pay the cost of entertainment for; to care for.
  22. To speak; to discuss a certain topic; with of; as, the paper treats of the ills of poor sanitation; negotiate or arragne;, agree; give entertainment.
  23. An entertainment given as an expression of esteem; something which affords great pleasure.
  24. Treater.
  25. To handle in a particular manner: to discourse on: to entertain, as with food or drink, etc.: to manage in the application of remedies: to use.
  26. To handle a subject in writing or speaking: to negotiate: to give an entertainment.
  27. An entertainment.
  28. To handle a subject; negotiate.
  29. To manage; deal with; discourse on; entertain.
  30. To act toward; deal with; express; present.
  31. To apply a special process to.
  32. To pay the expense of entertainment, or drink, for.
  33. To handle a subject in writing or speaking; followed by of.
  34. To negotiate; followed by with.
  35. Some unusual pleasure; entertainment furnished gratuitously.
  36. An entertainment given; something given for entertainment; a rich entertainment.
  37. To behave or act towards; to discourse on; to handle in a particular manner; to entertain with food or drink; to negociate; to manage in the application of remedies.
  38. To discourse; to come to terms of accommodation; to give an entertainment.
  39. To handle or manage in a particular manner in writing or speaking; to discourse; to entertain with food or drink as a compliment; to behave towards; to manage, as a disease, in the application of remedies; in chem., to subject to the action of; to make and receive proposals with a view to settle a claim, adjust differences, & c.; to negotiage.
  40. An entertainment given as an expression of regard; something which affords much pleasure.
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Usage examples for treat

  1. But you got to treat 'em right. – The Machine That Saved The World by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  2. If I had not let them do as they like, they would never have dared to treat me in that way. – The Strange Story Book by Mrs. Andrew Lang
  3. You must not treat me as a child any longer, for I am a woman now." – The Squire's Daughter by Silas K(itto) Hocking
  4. Course I wa'n't lookin' forward to any treat. – Torchy, Private Sec. by Sewell Ford
  5. Don't treat him too well. – The Garden of Eden by Max Brand
  6. Only let her take her to Saatzig, and treat her as a sister. – Sidonia The Sorceress V1 by William Mienhold
  7. Treat him, as I say, and you'll see! – The Project Gutenberg Plays of John Galsworthy, Complete by John Galsworthy
  8. Really, it would be almost a treat to be ill in your house- you are so kind." – John Halifax, Gentleman by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik
  9. And pray, my good fellow, what is it that you know that should make me treat you as if I thought you an honest man? – Paul Clifford, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  10. You were so good as to take me to your house, and if I was then much in his company, it was because he seemed to desire it himself, and I always endeavoured to treat him with the greatest respect. – The History of Sandford and Merton by Thomas Day
  11. " He did not ill- treat the lady, though left all alone with her. – The White Gauntlet by Mayne Reid
  12. So they meant to treat me like a child. – The Betrayal by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  13. Would she help with a children's school- treat? – My Little Sister by Elizabeth Robins
  14. " It is the least you can do,- to treat him kindly," answered Hermione, somewhat coldly. – Paul Patoff by F. Marion Crawford
  15. " Yet I do not wish to treat you like a child, or talk to you like a woman; now attend to me! – En Route by J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans
  16. Oh, John, how can I treat you so? – Lorna Doone, A Romance of Exmoor by R. D. Blackmore
  17. And that was the treat Aunt Lu had made for the children. – Bunny Brown and his Sister Sue by Laura Lee Hope
  18. You treat that old lady as if she were the Queen herself, understand? – Brain Twister by Gordon Randall Garrett Laurence Mark Janifer
  19. A lot of them expect you to treat them as if they were your own age, whether they are married or not. – The Honour of the Clintons by Archibald Marshall
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