What does treat mean?

Definitions for treat

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word treat.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dainty, delicacy, goody, kickshaw, treat(noun)

    something considered choice to eat

  2. treat(verb)

    an occurrence that causes special pleasure or delight

  3. treat, handle, do by(verb)

    interact in a certain way

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

  4. process, treat(verb)

    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 for(verb)

    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, address(verb)

    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. treat(verb)

    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, treat(verb)

    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. treat(verb)

    engage in negotiations in order to reach an agreement

    "they had to treat with the King"

  10. treat(verb)

    regard or consider in a specific way

    "I treated his advances as a joke"


  1. treat(Noun)

    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. treat(Noun)

    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. treat(Noun)

    A parley or discussion of terms; a negotiation.

  4. treat(Noun)

    An entreaty.

  5. treat(Verb)

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

  6. treat(Verb)

    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. treat(Verb)

    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. treat(Verb)

    To entreat or beseech (someone).

    Only let my family live, I treat thee.

  9. treat(Verb)

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

  10. treat(Verb)

    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. treat(Verb)

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

    They treated me for malaria.

  12. treat(Verb)

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Treat(verb)

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

  2. Treat(verb)

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

  3. Treat(verb)

    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. Treat(verb)

    to negotiate; to settle; to make terms for

  5. Treat(verb)

    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. Treat(verb)

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

  7. Treat(verb)

    to entreat; to beseech

  8. Treat(verb)

    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. Treat(verb)

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

  10. Treat(verb)

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

  11. Treat(noun)

    a parley; a conference

  12. Treat(noun)

    an entertainment given as an expression of regard

  13. Treat(noun)

    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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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. tater

  2. tetra

  3. atter

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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. Stu Pengelly:

    It worked a treat!

  2. Scotland Nick Faldo:

    This was a treat of a day.

  3. Paul Rieckhoff:

    Don't treat us like victims.

  4. David Padilla:

    They don't treat you like a human.

  5. Giovanni Drago:

    We treat these cases as murder cases.

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Translations for treat

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  • يعالجArabic
  • vyjednávat, pojednat, léčit, pohostit, zacházetCzech
  • behandeln, bewirtenGerman
  • κέρασμα, δώρο, διαπραγματεύομαι, μιλώ, ικετεύω, εκλιπαρώ, μεταχειρίζομαι, υποβάλλω σε [[θεραπεία]], [[θεράπων]] [[ιατρός]], κατεργάζομαι, κερνάω, χαρίζω, χαρά, πραγματεύομαι, φέρομαι, χειρίζομαι, συμπεριφέρομαι, υποβάλλω σε [[αγωγή]], αντιμετωπίζω, επεξεργάζομαι, φιλεύω, κάνω [[δώρο]]Greek
  • kuraciEsperanto
  • sorpresa, tratar, negociar, convidar, tratado, rogar, invitar, sorprenderSpanish
  • درمانPersian
  • käsitelläFinnish
  • traiter, négocierFrench
  • foglalkozik, értekezik, befizet, kezel, tárgyal, bánik, megvendégel, szórakozás, meghívHungarian
  • trattareItalian
  • 奢るJapanese
  • 대접Korean
  • haumanu, rongoāMāori
  • behandelen, trakteren, voorstellen, onderhandelenDutch
  • behandle, påspandere, påspanderingNorwegian
  • potraktować, traktowaćPolish
  • tratar, tratado, negociarPortuguese
  • trata, desfătare, surpriză, ospăta, negocia, îngriji, conjura, încântare, tratație, cinste, imploraRomanian
  • лечить, угостить, развлечение, обращаться, вылечить, угощать, подарок, рассматриватьRussian
  • častitiSerbo-Croatian
  • சிகிச்சைTamil
  • చూసుకొనుTelugu
  • 對待Chinese

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