Meaning of TREAT in English


I. ˈtrēt verb

Etymology: Middle English treten, from Anglo-French treter, traiter, traitier, from Latin tractare to drag about, handle, deal with, frequentative of trahere to drag, pull

Date: 14th century

intransitive verb

1. : to discuss terms of accommodation or settlement : negotiate

2. : to deal with a matter especially in writing : discourse — usually used with of

a book treat ing of conservation

3. : to pay another's expenses (as for a meal or drink) especially as a compliment or as an expression of regard or friendship

transitive verb


a. : to deal with in speech or writing : expound

b. : to present or represent artistically

c. : to deal with : handle

food is plentiful and treat ed with imagination — Cecil Beaton


a. : 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


a. : to provide with free food, drink, or entertainment

they treat ed 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

• treat·er noun

II. noun

Date: 1651


a. : an entertainment given without expense to those invited

b. : the act of providing another with free food, drink, or entertainment

dinner will be my treat

2. : an especially unexpected source of joy, delight, or amusement

seeing her again was a treat

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