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Definition of 'treat'


  1. something considered choice to eat
       Synonyms: dainty delicacy goody kickshaw
  2. an occurrence that causes special pleasure or delight


  1. interact in a certain way; "Do right by her"; "Treat him with caution, please"; "Handle the press reporters gently"
       Synonyms: handle do by
  2. 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"
       Synonyms: process
  3. 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"
       Synonyms: care for
  4. deal with 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"
       Synonyms: cover handle plow deal address
  5. 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"
  6. 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"
       Synonyms: regale
  7. engage in negotiations in order to reach an agreement; "they had to treat with the King"
  8. regard or consider in a specific way; "I treated his advances as a joke"

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