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Definitions for treat

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word treat.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dainty, delicacy, goody, kickshaw, treatnoun

    something considered choice to eat

  2. treatverb

    an occurrence that causes special pleasure or delight

  3. treat, handle, do byverb

    interact in a certain way

    "Do right by her"; "Treat him with caution, please"; "Handle the press reporters gently"

  4. process, treatverb

    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"

  5. treat, care forverb

    provide treatment for

    "The doctor treated my broken leg"; "The nurses cared for the bomb victims"; "The patient must be treated right away or she will die"; "Treat the infection with antibiotics"

  6. cover, treat, handle, plow, deal, addressverb

    act on 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"

  7. treatverb

    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. regale, treatverb

    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"

  9. treatverb

    engage in negotiations in order to reach an agreement

    "they had to treat with the King"

  10. treatverb

    regard or consider in a specific way

    "I treated his advances as a joke"


  1. treatnoun

    An entertainment, outing, or other indulgence provided by someone for the enjoyment of others.

    I took the kids to the zoo for a treat.

  2. treatnoun

    An unexpected gift, event etc., which provides great pleasure.

    It was such a treat to see her back in action on the London stage.

  3. treatnoun

    A parley or discussion of terms; a negotiation.

  4. treatnoun

    An entreaty.

  5. treatverb

    To negotiate, discuss terms, bargain (for or with).

  6. treatverb

    To discourse; to handle a subject in writing or speaking; to conduct a discussion.

    Cicero's writing treats mainly of old age and personal duty.

  7. treatverb

    To discourse on; to represent or deal with in a particular way, in writing or speaking.

    The article treated feminism as a quintessentially modern movement.

  8. treatverb

    To entreat or beseech (someone).

    Only let my family live, I treat thee.

  9. treatverb

    To handle, deal with or behave towards in a specific way.

  10. treatverb

    To entertain with food or drink, especially at one's own expense; to show hospitality to.

    I treated my son to some popcorn in the interval.

  11. treatverb

    To care for medicinally or surgically; to apply medical care to.

    They treated me for malaria.

  12. treatverb

    To subject to a chemical or other action; to act upon with a specific scientific result in mind.

  13. Etymology: From treter, tretier, from tracto, from the past participle stem of traho.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Treatnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    This is the ceremony of my fate;
    A parting treat, and I’m to die in state. Dryden.

    He pretends a great concern for his country, and insight into matters: now such professions, when recommended by a treat, dispose an audience to hear reason. Collier.

    What tender maid but must a victim fall
    For one man’s treat, but for another’s ball? Alexander Pope.

    Dry figs and grapes, and wrinkled dates were set,
    In canisters t’ enlarge the little treat. Dryden.

    The King of gods revolving in his mind
    Lycaon’s guilt and his inhuman treat. Dryden.

  2. To Treatverb

    Etymology: traiter, Fr. tracto, Lat.

    To treat the peace, a hundred senators
    Shall be commissioned. John Dryden, Æn.

    He treated his prisoner with great harshness. Spectator.

    Since living virtue is with envy curs’d,
    And the best men are treated like the worst;
    Do thou, just goddess, call our merits forth,
    And give each deed th’ exact, intrinsick worth. Alexander Pope.

    Zeuxis and Polygnotus treated their subjects in their pictures, as did in his poetry. Dryden.

  3. To Treatverb

    Etymology: traiter, Fr. trahtian , Saxon.

    Of love they treat till th’ ev’ning star appear’d. John Milton.

    Absence, what the poets call death in love, has given occasion to beautiful complaints in those authors who have treated of this passion in verse. Joseph Addison, Spect.

    The king treated with them. 2 Mac. xiii. 22.

    Inform us, will the emp’ror treat? Jonathan Swift.


  1. treat

    A treat is something that is given or done to provide enjoyment, pleasure, or reward. It is often used as a form of indulgence or special gesture to celebrate or show appreciation. Treats can come in various forms, including food, gifts, experiences, or acts of kindness. They are typically considered enjoyable or desirable and serve to enhance one's overall well-being or mood.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Treatverb

    to handle; to manage; to use; to bear one's self toward; as, to treat prisoners cruelly; to treat children kindly

  2. Treatverb

    to discourse on; to handle in a particular manner, in writing or speaking; as, to treat a subject diffusely

  3. Treatverb

    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

  4. Treatverb

    to negotiate; to settle; to make terms for

  5. Treatverb

    to care for medicinally or surgically; to manage in the use of remedies or appliances; as, to treat a disease, a wound, or a patient

  6. Treatverb

    to subject to some action; to apply something to; as, to treat a substance with sulphuric acid

  7. Treatverb

    to entreat; to beseech

  8. Treatverb

    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

  9. Treatverb

    to negotiate; to come to terms of accommodation; -- often followed by with; as, envoys were appointed to treat with France

  10. Treatverb

    to give a gratuitous entertainment, esp. of food or drink, as a compliment

  11. Treatnoun

    a parley; a conference

  12. Treatnoun

    an entertainment given as an expression of regard

  13. Treatnoun

    that which affords entertainment; a gratification; a satisfaction; as, the concert was a rich treat


  1. Treat

    Treat was a melodic heavy metal band from Stockholm, Sweden. In the second half of the 1980s they had national as well as international successes with songs like "Get You on the Run", "World of Promises", "Party All Over" and the classic "Ready for the Taking" They played at rock festivals like Monsters of Rock in 1988 in Germany. They were also the opening act for Queen in Sweden in 1986 and opened for W.A.S.P. during their first Swedish tour. In 2005, they did a comeback and released the collection Weapons of choice 1984-2006 on March 19, which included the previously unreleased track "Still in Heaven" along with the two new songs "Go!" and "Burn for You". Their first reunion show was in front of 4000 people at the Sweden Rock Festival on June 10, 2006. They were signed to the labels Mercury, Vertigo and now Universal. The song "Roar" from the album Coup de Grace is the main theme of the Facebook app game "Monster Galaxy" and also played significantly on the GOM Star League Starcraft tournament.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Treat

    trēt, v.t. to handle in a particular manner: to discourse on: to entertain, as with food or drink, &c.: to manage in the application of remedies: to use.—v.i. to handle a subject in writing or speaking: to negotiate: to give an entertainment.—n. an entertainment, esp. if of anything unusual: one's turn to provide such.—adj. Treat′able, moderate.—ns. Treat′er; Treat′ing; Treat′ise, a written composition in which a subject is treated: a formal essay; Treat′ment, the act or manner of treating: management: behaviour to any one: way of applying remedies; Treat′y, the act of treating, negotiation: a formal agreement between states: (Shak., same as Entreaty). [O. Fr. traiter—L. tractāre, to manage—trahĕre, tractum, to draw.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. TREAT

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Treat is ranked #7021 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Treat surname appeared 4,765 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Treat.

    91.4% or 4,358 total occurrences were White.
    2.7% or 132 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.5% or 121 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.6% or 79 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    1% or 50 total occurrences were Black.
    0.5% or 25 total occurrences were Asian.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'treat' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3335

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'treat' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2787

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'treat' in Verbs Frequency: #193

Anagrams for treat »

  1. atter

  2. tater

  3. tetra

  4. teart

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of treat in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of treat in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of treat in a Sentence

  1. Aqua Expeditions:

    There were no passengers aboard Aqua Amazon during the time of the incident but of the 17 crew members aboard, four are still missing and several others were rushed to the hospital to treat injuries according to Travel Market Report. All efforts are being made to get a better understanding of the status of the missing crew. The entire operations team is on the ground providing logistical support with local emergency services.

  2. Carmela Stamper:

    We recommend supervising your dog with any chew toy or treat, especially one she hasn’t had before, and if she ‘just isn’t acting right,’ call your veterinarian right away!

  3. Wendy Fournier:

    For example, instead of asking and waiting for a child to say,' trick-or-treat,' just say hello or compliment them on their costume and wish them a Happy Halloween.

  4. Lorenzo Cohen:

    It’s very important that they have experience in working with cancer patients, and that they absolutely don’t recommend something in place of conventional care, i wouldn’t go to a person who recommended supplements and told me to go off chemo, or someone who didn’t take the time to ask what medications I have had so far to treat cancer.

  5. Kay Ivey:

    Nothing replaces in-person learning, plain and simple, we are at a point where we have to learn to live with this virus, and here in Alabama, we are taking that approach and moving on with our lives. The consequences would be too devastating if we don’t, not just today, but in the future. We have the tools at our hands to treat the virus. We have directed necessary resources toward our schools so that they have what they need to have kids and teachers in the building. If those on the left push virtual learning, they are letting special interests and politics interfere with the lives of our students, and there is simply no excuse for that.

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Translations for treat

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  • يعالجArabic
  • zacházet, vyjednávat, pojednat, léčit, pohostitCzech
  • bewirten, behandelnGerman
  • φιλεύω, κατεργάζομαι, πραγματεύομαι, κάνω [[δώρο]], κερνάω, [[θεράπων]] [[ιατρός]], χαρίζω, υποβάλλω σε [[θεραπεία]], μεταχειρίζομαι, επεξεργάζομαι, χαρά, εκλιπαρώ, ικετεύω, φέρομαι, αντιμετωπίζω, υποβάλλω σε [[αγωγή]], μιλώ, χειρίζομαι, κέρασμα, συμπεριφέρομαι, δώρο, διαπραγματεύομαιGreek
  • kuraciEsperanto
  • sorprender, tratado, sorpresa, tratar, invitar, rogar, convidar, negociarSpanish
  • درمانPersian
  • käsitelläFinnish
  • négocier, traiterFrench
  • kezel, tárgyal, bánik, szórakozás, megvendégel, meghív, foglalkozik, értekezik, befizetHungarian
  • merawatIndonesian
  • trattareItalian
  • 奢るJapanese
  • 대접Korean
  • rongoā, haumanuMāori
  • behandelen, onderhandelen, voorstellen, trakterenDutch
  • påspandering, påspandere, behandleNorwegian
  • traktować, potraktowaćPolish
  • tratado, tratar, negociarPortuguese
  • cinste, implora, negocia, încântare, trata, desfătare, surpriză, tratație, ospăta, îngriji, conjuraRomanian
  • подарок, лечить, обращаться, развлечение, вылечить, угощать, угостить, рассматриватьRussian
  • častitiSerbo-Croatian
  • சிகிச்சைTamil
  • చూసుకొనుTelugu
  • 對待Chinese

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