• WordNet 3.6
    • v treat 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"
    • v treat 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"
    • v treat regard or consider in a specific way "I treated his advances as a joke"
    • v treat engage in negotiations in order to reach an agreement "they had to treat with the King"
    • v treat 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"
    • v treat 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"
    • v treat 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"
    • v treat interact in a certain way "Do right by her","Treat him with caution, please","Handle the press reporters gently"
    • n treat an occurrence that causes special pleasure or delight
    • n treat something considered choice to eat
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The most popular treat for Halloween trick-or-treaters are candy bars with Snickers being the most popular
    • Treat A parley; a conference. "Bid him battle without further treat ."
    • Treat An entertainment given as an expression of regard.
    • Treat That which affords entertainment; a gratification; a satisfaction; as, the concert was a rich treat .
    • Treat (Med) 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.
    • Treat To discourse on; to handle in a particular manner, in writing or speaking; as, to treat a subject diffusely.
    • Treat 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. "And, shortly of this story for to treat .""Now of love they treat ."
    • Treat 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.
    • Treat To entreat; to beseech.
    • Treat To give a gratuitous entertainment, esp. of food or drink, as a compliment.
    • Treat To handle; to manage; to use; to bear one's self toward; as, to treat prisoners cruelly; to treat children kindly.
    • Treat To negotiate; to come to terms of accommodation; -- often followed by with; as, envoys were appointed to treat with France. "Inform us, will the emperor treat !"
    • Treat To negotiate; to settle; to make terms for. "To treat the peace, a hundred senators
      Shall be commissioned."
    • Treat To subject to some action; to apply something to; as, to treat a substance with sulphuric acid.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It is estimated that 93% of American children will go out trick or treating for Halloween
    • treat In electricity, in the making of glow-lamps, to coat (the filament) with a deposited layer of carbon. This is done by bringing the filament to intense incandescence in an atmosphere of hydrocarbon vapor. The process is termed flashing and the product a treated filament. The layer of semimetallic carbon thus deposited on the surface of the filament reduces the resistance of the latter, increases its life and improves its efficiency as a source of luminous radiation.
    • n treat A plaster or a salve made of wax, lard, etc., spread on cloth; a cerate.
    • treat To behave to or toward; conduct one's self in a certain manner with respect to; use.
    • treat To discuss; discourse of; consider.
    • treat To address; discourse to.
    • treat To negotiate; settle.
    • treat To handle, manipulate, or develop in any manner, especially in writing or speaking, or by any of the processes of art.
    • treat To look upon; consider; regard.
    • treat To manage in the application of remedies: as, to treat a fever or a patient.
    • treat To sudject to the action of some chemical agent or reagent.
    • treat To entertain; give a pleasure or treat to; especially, to entertain without expense to the recipient; give food or drink to, as a compliment or an expression of friendliness or regard.
    • treat To entreat; beseech; solicit.
    • treat To discourse; handle in writing or speaking; make discussion: formerly used absolutely, now followed usually by of, rarely by upon.
    • treat To negotiate, especially for peace; discuss terms of accommodation: used absolutely or with a limiting phrase.
    • treat To give an entertainment which costs the recipient nothing; especially, to bear the expense of food. drink, or any pleasure for another as a compliment or expression of good will. Compare to stand treat, under treat, n.
    • n treat Parley; conference; treaty; discourse; discussion.
    • n treat An entertainment given as a compliment or expression of regard.
    • n treat Something given as an entertainment; something paid for in compliment to another.
    • n treat One's turn to treat (see treat, v. i., 3); especially, one of several rounds of drinks: as, it is my treat now.
    • n treat Anything which affords much pleasure; that which is peculiarly enjoyable; unusual gratification.
    • n treat An entreaty.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the year 2000, there were approximately 11,000 injuries that were treated in a hospital in the U.S. that resulted from fireworks
    • v.t Treat trēt 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 Treat to handle a subject in writing or speaking: to negotiate: to give an entertainment
    • n Treat an entertainment, esp. if of anything unusual: one's turn to provide such
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  • Alfred Hitchcock
    Alfred Hitchcock
    “I never said all actors are cattle, what I said was all actors should be treated like cattle.”
  • Fred A. Allen
    “Treat employees like partners, and they act like partners.”
  • Edgar Watson Howe
    “Instead of loving your enemies -- treat your friends a little better.”
  • Publilius Syrus
    “Treat your friend as if he might become an enemy.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Let us treat the men and women well: treat them as if they were real: perhaps they are.”
  • Lou Holtz
    “Do right. Do your best. Treat others as you want to be treated.”


Dutch treat - If something like a meal is a Dutch treat, then each person pays their own share of the bill.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. treten, OF. traitier, F. traiter, from L. tractare, to draw violently, to handle, manage, treat, v. intens. from trahere, tractum, to draw. See Trace (v. t.), and cf. Entreat Retreat Trait


In literature:

His lordship will be exceedingly angry when he hears the way you have treated his son.
"The Rival Crusoes" by W.H.G. Kingston
If the chills occur on alternate days, treat on the intervening days; if every day, treat about two hours before the chill is expected.
"A Newly Discovered System of Electrical Medication" by Daniel Clark
I differ widely from him as to the proper method of treating it.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
His gaiety and splendour were treated as proofs of arrogance.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
I wouldn't want to go on and tell you how dey has treated me.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
During the summer Bute treated with France through the Count de Viri.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
He loved his wife and treated her as a companion instead of as a slave.
"Four American Indians" by Edson L. Whitney
But though he spoke little to Mary, he treated her as men do treat women whom they desire to be allowed to love.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
You don't think so, but then I'm treating you as I never treated any other man.
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson
I day say Robin never saw it either; and what a treat it will be to take you to the Egyptian Gallery!
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge

In poetry:

You, God, who treat him thus and thus,
Say "Save his soul and pray."
You ask me to believe You and
I only see decay.
"On A Portrait Of A Deaf Man" by Sir John Betjeman
Shall I then treat thee, Father, as
My fatherhood would grieve?
I will be hopeful, though, alas,
I cannot quite believe!
"Appeal" by George MacDonald
Her words he took; her nods and winks
Treated as woman's fog.
The man-dog for his mistress thinks,
Not less her faithful dog.
"Archduchess Anne" by George Meredith
"But now and then, just for a treat,
I let her wait awhile;
You shake your head–why, wouldn't you?
Do look at Baby's smile!"
"Mammas and Babies" by Kate Greenaway
Alas! the choice was made too late.
You treated Fame as one that begs,
And, having drained the joys that sate,
Offered the dregs.
"Off Mesolongi" by Alfred Austin
Oh, where is her laddie? Oh, where is her Johnnie?
Oh, where is her laddie that treated her so?
But the voice of the river shall haunt him for ever,
And his base heart shall never more happiness know.
"On The Banks Of The Calder" by John Hartley

In news:

Trunk or Treat will be in the First Baptist Church parking lot, in Bartlesville , on Sunday, October 28, from 4-6pm.
Take your trick-or-treating on the road with affordable Halloween getaways.
Here at Opus Broadcasting, we treat our pets like family.
A young member of an Oklahoma City Jewish synagogue recently baked and sold dog treats to raise money for the Central Oklahoma Humane Society.
Does treating obesity as a disease help.
The hospital has treated 123 patients with fungal meningitis.
Halloween is about ghosts and goblins, pumpkins and corn stalks, tricks or treats and spooky cemeteries.
Whoa, Basketball Player Jason Kidd Got A DWI In Water Mill And Treated At Southampton Hospital.
Here's a list of 2012 trick-or-treat schedules throughout the area.
Fort McKinley Church, at 3721 W Siebenthaler Ave, Dayton, is offering Trunk or Treat: Light the Night from 6 to 8 pm Tuesday.
Take your kids trick or treating October 31st at Trick or Treat on Bish 's Street.
Brigantine will be having a Trunk or Treat at the Community Center on 42nd Street tonight from 4pm to 6pm instead of going door to door, you can pull your car up and trick or treat out of your trunk.
If I treated everyone as well as I treat my dog I'd probably be a lot more successful.
A Morgan Hill woman whose dog "Cali" died after eating chicken jerky treats made in China has now started a petition asking the FDA to ban the treats and she's not the only one who wants them taken off the shelves.
When it comes to protecting the environment, Wilbur-Ellis in Rosebud, TX, treats the land with the same respect it treats its customers.

In science:

Here we treat the problem in local coordinates.
Front motion for phase transitions in systems with memory
As to the heavy Σ adjoint moduli, their masses were treated differently in the two parts of our calculation.
From Prototype SU(5) to Realistic SU(7) SUSY GUT
Be that as it may, our identification of Cµ with ∆J =0 in SDL is restricted to one-dimensional spin systems, which is what they treat in and we treat in SDL.
Response to Comments on "Simple Measure for Complexity"
In this section, we shall treat the small type case.
The solution to a conjecture of Tits on the subgroup generated by the squares of the generators of an Artin group
We want to be able to treat the W-algebra of abelian extensions of A by M as a bifunctor.
Abelian extensions of algebras in congruence-modular varieties