Meaning of TREATY in English

treat ‧ y W2 /ˈtriːti/ BrE AmE noun ( plural treaties )

[ Date: 1300-1400 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: traité , from Latin tractatus ; ⇨ ↑ tract ]

[countable] a formal written agreement between two or more countries or governments:

Both sides have agreed to sign the treaty.

The peace treaty ends nearly four years of violence.

treaty on

a treaty on political union

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■ verbs

▪ sign a treaty

India refused to sign the treaty.

▪ conclude a treaty formal (=successfully finish arranging it)

In 1875 Japan and Russia concluded a treaty.

▪ negotiate a treaty (=discuss the conditions of a treaty with other people in order to reach an agreement)

He was instructed to negotiate a treaty with Siam.

▪ ratify a treaty (=make it official by signing it or accepting it)

The Government cannot ratify the treaty without Parliament’s consent.


▪ a peace treaty

Jordan signed a peace treaty with Israel.

▪ a draft treaty (=one that has been written but not yet signed)

The committee produced a draft treaty on arms limitation.

▪ an extradition treaty (=one which says that people can be brought back to a country for trial)

The United States has had an extradition treaty with Mexico since 1978.

▪ an international treaty

The US refused to sign any international treaty on cutting carbon emissions.

▪ a bilateral treaty (=one signed by two countries)

Uzbekistan and Russia signed a bilateral treaty of friendship.

▪ the Versailles/Maastricht etc treaty (=a treaty signed in a particular city)

Britain’s ratification of the Maastricht treaty looked set for further delay.

■ phrases

▪ the terms/provisions of a treaty

Under the terms of the treaty, the two sides agreed to a ceasefire.

▪ the treaty of Versailles/Rome etc (=a treaty signed in a particular city)

Restrictive trading agreements are prohibited by the Treaty of Rome.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.