Meaning of TREAT in English
/ triːt; NAmE / verb , noun
[ vn ]
BEHAVE TOWARDS SB / STH
treat sb/sth (with / as / like sth) to behave in a particular way towards sb/sth :
to treat people with respect / consideration / suspicion, etc.
Treat your keyboard with care and it should last for years.
My parents still treat me like a child.
He was treated as a hero on his release from prison.
treat sth as sth to consider sth in a particular way :
I decided to treat his remark as a joke.
to deal with or discuss sth in a particular way :
The question is treated in more detail in the next chapter.
ILLNESS / INJURY
treat sb (for sth) (with sth) to give medical care or attention to a person, an illness, an injury, etc. :
She was treated for sunstroke.
The condition is usually treated with drugs and a strict diet.
treat sth (with sth) to use a chemical substance or process to clean, protect, preserve, etc. sth :
to treat crops with insecticide
wood treated with preservative
PAY FOR STH ENJOYABLE
treat sb / yourself (to sth) to pay for sth that sb/you will enjoy and that you do not usually have or do :
She treated him to lunch.
Don't worry about the cost—I'll treat you.
I'm going to treat myself to a new pair of shoes.
► treat·able adjective :
a treatable infection
- treat sb like dirt
- treat sb to sth
something very pleasant and enjoyable, especially sth that you give sb or do for them :
We took the kids to the zoo as a special treat .
You've never been to this area before? Then you're in for a real treat.
When I was young chocolate was a treat.
Let's go out for lunch— my treat (= I will pay) .
➡ note at pleasure
- a treat
—more at trick noun
Middle English (in the senses negotiate and discuss a subject ): from Old French traitier , from Latin tractare handle, frequentative of trahere draw, pull. The current noun sense dates from the mid 17th cent.
Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary. Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне. 2005