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treat

I.verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a birthday treat (=something special you do on your birthday)
▪ What would you like to do for a birthday treat?
treat a disease
▪ The disease can be treated with antibiotics.
treat a disorder
▪ The drug is used to treat lung disorders.
treat a patient (=try to cure their illness or injury)
▪ Patients are treated in terms of priority.
treat an infection
▪ Antibiotics are used to treat the infection.
treat an injury
▪ The injury was treated at the local hospital.
treat sb as an individual
▪ Each student must be treated as an individual.
treat sb/sth with contempt
▪ The opinions of the public should not be ignored or treated with contempt.
treat sb/sth with respect
▪ Everyone has a right to be treated with respect.
treat sb/sth with the contempt they deserve
▪ She treated these accusations with the contempt they deserved.
treat sth with caution
▪ The results of the survey should be treated with caution.
treated...like muck (=very badly)
▪ I’m not surprised she left. He treated her like muck .
treated...like royalty
▪ At school the other children treated them like royalty.
treated/recognized/accepted etc as such
▪ Birth is a natural process, and should be treated as such.
treat/handle sb with kid gloves
▪ I want you to treat Hayley with kid gloves today. She’s still upset about her father.
treat...like a doormat
▪ Don’t let him treat you like a doormat.
trick or treat
went down a treat (=members liked it very much)
▪ The speech went down a treat with members .
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADVERB
badly
▪ Some were so badly treated they had to be humanly destroyed.
▪ Will their children be treated badly in school?
▪ He said he was not treated badly and that he was with other political prisoners.
▪ We continually talk to ourselves about them, losing force all the time, and feel that we are very badly treated.
▪ It was also beginning to vex Hal, who was treated badly by those wider than him.
▪ Lovely, simple, and demure. Badly treated by her family and underappreciated.
▪ He was treated badly by most of the people around him.
▪ But all women here are treated badly.
differently
▪ Each of the four types of illness was treated differently by the villagers.
▪ What they failed to realize was that the Volunteers were not being treated differently from anyone else.
▪ Should the case of the homosexual union be treated differently?
▪ Tax rates rise and fall, but the individual and the business are always treated differently.
▪ When unhappy circumstances befell him, he was treated differently from other employees in the same circumstances.
▪ They came to see that differ-ent subordinates should be treated differently.
▪ Here, the emphasis is on the need to isolate and treat differently each conflict of interest situation according to its particular facts.
▪ Why is it being treated differently than diet pills?
unfairly
▪ He claimed in court that he had been treated unfairly.
▪ How else can a child hope that justice will be done to him, who so often feels unfairly treated?
▪ But Sue Hampton says she's perfectly capable of carrying on, and has been treated unfairly.
▪ But campaigners say fathers who are already paying are being treated unfairly.
▪ But despite an independent survey showing the council was being unfairly treated, the Government has refused to budge.
■ NOUN
case
▪ She decided to rest, having treated enough cases of sunstroke to know very well how easily it was caught.
▪ It was treated as a criminal case.
▪ The diagonal group is treated as individual cases.
▪ The Labour party and trade unions say farmworkers need to be protected and need to be treated as a special case.
▪ This is sometimes described in the catch phrase that we must treat like cases alike.
▪ Psychiatrists tend to treat their cases more as organisms in need of medical treatment.
▪ H.C. Westermann, who died in 1981, is being treated as a special case.
▪ The majority of the House of Lords treated the case as being concerned with duty of care.
caution
▪ The official government figures need to be treated with some caution.
▪ They still treated each other with caution but each was beginning to respect the other's professionalism.
▪ An appeal is likely, however, so the decision should be treated with caution.
▪ The information has to be treated with some caution.
▪ Cases over five years should be treated with caution as applying a multiplier is not particularly useful.
▪ Patterned fabrics may appeal to you, but they should be treated with the utmost caution.
▪ A healthy diet will of course be helpful to you, but extreme or very limited diets should be treated with caution.
child
▪ That stereotype speaks less for women's liberation than a society which treats children as a disruptive influence, a social nuisance.
▪ He complained incessantly of being treated like a child by the firm.
▪ Ambulance crews who treated the child said she was extremely fortunate not to suffer serious eye injuries in the incident.
▪ Instead of relying to some extent on the Volunteers' own judgment, he treated them like children.
▪ Yet apparently many parents still treat their children like that.
▪ On the other hand we seldom treat children like adults.
▪ Bitterness that their fathers still treat them as children.
▪ As if he was treating her like a child ... But of course that was nonsense.
contempt
▪ Despite the profit-making prospects in this it has been treated with utter contempt on the grounds that charity begins at home.
▪ She was preparing to marry me and had applied for papers, but she treated me with contempt.
▪ Non-cooperation is treated as contempt of court.
▪ Opposition forces claim past practice as the basis for treating women with contempt.
▪ As imperial portraits attracted faith, so images of emperors who had betrayed their subjects' trust were treated with contempt.
▪ But, happily, not everybody treats kids with contempt.
▪ Maybe Lucenzo had good reason to treat her with contempt.
▪ Telemachus they treated with amused contempt as if he were a mere boy and quite beneath their notice.
disease
▪ Eight states are seeking reimbursement for treating diseases related to smoking.
▪ It appears to be useful in treating the auto-immune disease of lupus in humans.
▪ An ophthalmic optician or optometrist tests for and prescribes glasses and can diagnose eye conditions, but doesn't treat eye diseases.
▪ The spas treat everything from skin diseases to hypertension, cancer and intestinal problems.
▪ Thousands of tonnes of nutrients and uncontrolled quantities of toxic chemicals used to treat fish disease are pumped into lochs each year.
▪ Controversy exists on spread, diagnosis and how to treat the disease.
▪ So different are the careers of pre-menopausal and post-menopausal cancer that they should be treated as different diseases.
▪ The remaining units make dialysis equipment and provide renal therapy to treat kidney disease and ease transplants.
doctor
▪ I've already spoken on the phone to the doctors who treated you in Salisbury.
▪ Please could you have this checked by a Doctor and treat him with the appropriate shampoo before sending him back to school.
▪ Liz had finally come to my office on the suggestion of her doctor, who was treating her for migraines.
▪ If a doctor treats a patient with high blood pressure he records blood pressure levels before, during and after treatment.
▪ The line between legal and illegal is very fine for doctors treating dying patients.
▪ If the doctor desires to treat the patient, he is often in a strong position to persuade such a relative to concur.
▪ The methods doctors use to treat obesity do work in the short term, which is what keeps them going.
drug
▪ In just two years Opren captured well over half the market for drugs to treat arthritis.
▪ Two new and effective medications have, in fact, recently been approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat osteoporosis.
▪ There was one fascinating lecture on chirality and organic synthesis including the design of Salbutamol, a drug used to treat asthma.
▪ The finding may help scientists create drugs to treat obese humans.
▪ The flagship product of the United States pharmaceutical giant Pfizer will now have to contend with another drug that treats impotence.
▪ But if one type of drug can treat a host of ailments, does that mean the disorders are somehow connected?
▪ Some work is going into drugs to treat drug addiction.
▪ Outside the financial-services industry, some companies that make drugs to treat AIDS-related illnesses also have been buffeted recently.
hospital
▪ Diana Adams was treated in hospital after being bitten on the arm.
▪ The injured were being treated at two Bombay hospitals, police said.
▪ Police said 36 people were arrested, mainly for public order offences, and four casualties were treated in hospital.
▪ Of infections treated in hospitals, about one-third are nosocomial.
▪ Four hurt: Four men were treated in hospital after a head-on car crash at Musham Bank, Scarborough.
▪ He was treated at Sonoma Valley Hospital for neck pain and a mild concussion, and released.
▪ The survivors are being treated in hospital in Yuma, and will be deported when they are able to be moved.
▪ At least seven people sustained minor injuries and were being treated at local hospitals.
illness
▪ A qualified nurse is available to treat injuries and general illnesses and to advise on general health matters.
▪ But his countrymen did not treat his illness as a joke.
▪ The legislation would require corporate health plans to treat mental illnesses the same as physical ailments.
▪ Last year 110,000 people died and 254,000 were treated for smoking related illnesses, taking up 9,473 hospital beds every day.
▪ The lawsuit seeks reimbursement for costs of treating people with tobacco-related illnesses.
▪ In treating acute illnesses there are only two outcomes to giving the wrong low potency remedy.
▪ Outside the financial-services industry, some companies that make drugs to treat AIDS-related illnesses also have been buffeted recently.
patient
▪ Opposition is most fierce in states such as California that have already found ways to curb the cost of treating Medicaid patients.
▪ The Government claims National Health Service dentists overspent their budget last year by treating more patients than it'd estimated.
▪ What does this mean and should we be treating these patients?
▪ They plan to treat around fifty patients a week, for the next month.
▪ If the usual winter epidemic of flu causes overcrowding, arrangements have been made to treat patients in privately run hospitals.
▪ Very small amounts were available, quite insufficient to treat all the patients who might benefit.
▪ Armonatherapy uses naturally grown aromatic substances to treat patients.
people
▪ We treat older people as a group and set them at the margins of society.
▪ Eight states have sued the industry, seeking to recover the Medicaid insurance costs of treating poor people with tobacco-related diseases.
▪ We can understand plutonium and work out how to treat people who have it in them.
▪ Public hospitals are concerned that they will not have enough money to treat indigent people not covered by Medicaid.
▪ The problem was, I got tired of treating people with shoddy equipment and time-expired medicines.
▪ What gives you the right to treat people like this?
▪ Securicor guards and Immigration Officers can treat people as they wish.
▪ How we treat the people we come in contact with.
person
▪ These 4,505 persons are treated as representative of persons considered responsible for crime during the mature colonial period.
▪ And in order to treat some persons equally, we must treat them differently.
▪ They say giving some one a patch is far cheaper than treating the same person for heart disease or lung cancer.
▪ It is primarily preventative and treats the whole person rather than just the ailment.
▪ It's also very important not to treat a confused person as a child.
▪ It is quite illegitimate to treat a person in such a situation as a mere swindler.
▪ We treat persons with a respect denied to animals and objects.
respect
▪ She deserves to be treated with respect and sensitivity, and to be formally recognised.
▪ Domovoi would cheerfully undertake household chores while the family slept, if they were treated with respect and gratitude.
▪ As employers, we are responsible for making sure employees are treated with respect and dignity.
▪ Everyone has a right to be treated with respect.
▪ When you do hear those very special words, make sure you treat them with respect.
▪ This philosophy regards the individual's right to be treated with respect as inviolate.
▪ Many women have serious problems and deserve to be treated with respect and offered help that is to the point.
shock
▪ It took half a mile to come to a halt after the crash and the driver was treated for shock.
▪ In the name of Freudian nurture theories, gays were once treated with aversion therapy-electric shocks and emetics accompanied by homoerotic images.
▪ The police officer who saw the shooting is being treated for shock.
▪ They were treated for shock, but were said to be only slightly injured.
▪ No shots were fired but Mrs Walker was treated for shock.
▪ All were treated in hospital for shock.
▪ The driver of the lorry was treated in hospital for shock.
▪ She has only recently returned to full duties, and was treated for shock and minor cuts.
way
▪ I felt the way he treated me was wrong.
▪ The finding may lead to a way to prevent or treat cocaine addiction.
▪ They do not have authority over me because the right way to treat their advice depends on my goals.
▪ The only way to trick-or-treat at their age was to create an atmosphere of mild intimidation.
▪ There was something about the way she was treating them that still seemed odd to Masklin.
▪ I think it had to do with the way he treated the bar girl.
▪ And then this nightmare complication: I can't stand the way he treats her.
▪ But it is the way you treat each other which matters most.
woman
▪ Feminists have noted that it always seems to be appropriate for men to treat women as if they were intimates or subordinates.
▪ Opposition forces claim past practice as the basis for treating women with contempt.
▪ These pioneer clinics, which numbered only sixteen even by 1930, had treated only 21,000 women by that time.
▪ Romo treats his women well: Each is finely portrayed, fully explained, lovingly rendered.
▪ Paradoxically, it is even more damaging, until treated ironically by some women or groups of women.
▪ Come to think of it, he was almost being treated as a woman.
▪ The negative answer proposed in this chapter raises some prior questions about policies intended to treat men and women as equals.
▪ Midlands men also believe that women want tenderness rather than dominance, and a man who treats women as equals.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
Dutch treat
take/treat/approach sth lightly
▪ We don't take any bomb threat lightly.
treat sb like shit
▪ Everybody always treats me like shit.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ After my nervous breakdown, everyone kept treating me with kid gloves.
▪ Amy's treated him really badly - no wonder he's upset.
▪ As it's your birthday, I thought I'd treat you.
▪ Doctors are treating him for cancer.
▪ Douglas was treated with much more respect after his promotion.
▪ Glen treated Cathy to dinner at one of the best restaurants in town.
▪ I'm sick of my parents treating my like a child.
▪ I don't know what she sees in him - he treats her like dirt.
▪ In remote areas, make sure your drinking water has been treated.
▪ Let's all go to a movie - my treat.
▪ Many common infections can be treated with antibiotics.
▪ No one would suggest that sex offenders should be treated lightly.
▪ Police say that her death is being treated as suspicious.
▪ Some sleep problems can be temporarily treated with sleeping pills.
▪ The company treats training as a continuous part of career development.
▪ The school are treating this matter very seriously.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ I have been very kindly treated in your lovely City, and everyone has been good to me.
▪ I occasionally have to treat him.
▪ It means treating a viewer with respect.
▪ Makine is a good writer, poetic but never fanciful, and one who treats childhood reflected through experience with delicacy.
▪ Police said 36 people were arrested, mainly for public order offences, and four casualties were treated in hospital.
▪ That stereotype speaks less for women's liberation than a society which treats children as a disruptive influence, a social nuisance.
▪ Whales, forests, and aquifers have been treated in the same way.
II.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
great
▪ That really was a great treat.
▪ The greatest treat though is to see Van with John Lee Hooker.
▪ My dear, it is a great treat for me to have a girl in the house.
occasional
▪ For occasional treats I was taken on the three-mile trip to Lovettsville and there had my first glimpse of urban splendors.
▪ Make use of plentiful social reinforcers and the occasional treat by way of acknowledging your child's continuing efforts.
▪ Some might even be in fairly monogamous relationships, for whom the baths were simply an occasional treat.
▪ Foods need to be as varied as conveniently possible, and occasional treats such as live artemia will be enthusiastically relished.
▪ A herbivore, it likes lettuce, peas, and spinach, with the occasional treat of chopped prawn.
rare
▪ Since then she had learned that pickle or sauce was a very rare treat.
▪ We hope the trend continues, until such aural excursions become a regular happening rather than a rare treat.
▪ The butter was a rare treat.
▪ You've got everything planned: a rare treat.
▪ It was rare treat, and it helped elevate the film to special status.
real
▪ Porridge with golden syrup was a real treat in Walworth.
▪ This was a real treat for me.
▪ The first outsiders were in for a real treat.
▪ A visit to a good playground is a real treat, offering our children fun and adventure.
▪ The one score and three who turned up to see the morning game against Dorning had a real treat.
▪ That would make Sunday tea a real cockney treat.
▪ Every morning he prepares a range of at least 20 sweets, which go down a real treat.
▪ The occasional trip to a swimming pool is a real treat for most families.
special
▪ Emily, as a special treat, was staying over at a school-friend's.
▪ Tempe Mayor Neil Giuliano got a special treat.
▪ Include prawns for a special treat or add chicken or ham for a really substantial meal.
▪ Those of us standing at the top of Mount Rose ski area, however, were in for a special treat.
▪ But first that special treat - a car journey.
▪ Cost, unfortunately, is quite high, but they are a special treat.
▪ Mr Jackson drives me in his car sometimes for a special treat.
▪ Or reading aloud can be a special treat on Friday nights, or holidays, or rainy Saturdays.
tasty
▪ And there's no better way to keep warm than to tuck into a tasty treat or two.
▪ Here's the lowdown on these tasty treats: Wraps are the ideal meal for people on the go.
▪ Vegemite is a tasty treat foreign tourists will want to bring home.
■ NOUN
birthday
▪ It was a birthday treat he had been looking forward to all week.
▪ For a child of five this was a terrifying experience, although it was meant to be a birthday treat.
▪ It had been a special eighteenth birthday treat for Ashi.
▪ Friends bought her the ticket as a birthday treat.
▪ Some birthday treat it is too.
■ VERB
give
▪ It was like giving myself a little treat, like say buying a bottle of wine.
▪ She can praise him and give him a little treat.
▪ I was so happy I decided to give her a treat.
▪ I thought how nice he was and decided to give him a treat and sit on his lap.
▪ If the animal sits, give it the treat and repeat this pattern about 20 times.
work
▪ Much funnier than Tarzan or Hercules, this works a treat because the hero, Emperor Kuzco, is an anti-hero.
▪ I bet it works a treat.
▪ I repeated a few times, and it worked a treat - on a window as well.
▪ It's another first-rate conversion that works a treat on the Game Gear.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
Dutch treat
go down well/badly/a treat etc
▪ It went down a treat with the matrons in safe seats like South-west Surrey.
▪ It seems to be going down a treat.
go trick or treating
take/treat/approach sth lightly
▪ We don't take any bomb threat lightly.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Let me take you to dinner. My treat.
▪ Listening to trombonist Slide Hampton is a treat.
▪ Many women think of facials as a treat.
▪ The cafe serves a surprising assortment of healthy gourmet treats.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ A visit to a good playground is a real treat, offering our children fun and adventure.
▪ Afterwards, Uncle Ted, who had his suit and Brylcreem on, announced a treat.
▪ Grunte's treat that evening at the Hospitality Inn was well timed.
▪ He carefully cuts away the spines and skin protecting the seedy red fruit within, affording a sloppy stolen treat.
▪ If the meticulous and demanding rescue work succeeds, birdwatchers using the hide will be in for a treat.
▪ Keep within your 100 calories limit, but, if you choose carefully, you could have two treats!
▪ Tempe Mayor Neil Giuliano got a special treat.
▪ We hope the trend continues, until such aural excursions become a regular happening rather than a rare treat.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Treat

Treat \Treat\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Treated; p. pr. & vb. n. Treating.] [ 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.]

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

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

  3. 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. To negotiate; to settle; to make terms for. [Obs.]

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

  5. (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.

  6. To subject to some action; to apply something to; as, to treat a substance with sulphuric acid.
    --Ure.

  7. To entreat; to beseech. [Obs.]
    --Ld. Berners.

Treat

Treat \Treat\, v. i.

  1. 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.
    --Chaucer.

    Now of love they treat.
    --Milton.

  2. 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!
    --Swift.

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

Treat

Treat \Treat\, n.

  1. A parley; a conference. [Obs.]

    Bid him battle without further treat.
    --Spenser.

  2. An entertainment given as an expression of regard.

  3. That which affords entertainment; a gratification; a satisfaction; as, the concert was a rich treat.

Wikipedia

Treat

Treat, Treats, or TREAT may refer to:

Treat (band)

Treat is 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 made 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.

Treat (album)

Treat is a split cassette shared between by Dutch punk band The Ex and Scottish ex-pat tour mates Dog Faced Hermans. The album was recorded live while the two bands toured Europe together and was released only on cassette in 1990. That year the two bands also collaborated on the single "Lied der Steinklopfer" ("Stonestamper's Song") released under the name Ex Faced Hermans, as well as sharing live sound engineer Gert-Jan, credited as a full member of the Dog Faced Hermans who continued to tour with The Ex for more than a decade.

The following year the Dog Faced Hermans took time off and Hermans guitarist Andy Moor joined The Ex.

WordNet

treat

  1. n. something considered choice to eat [syn: dainty, delicacy, goody, kickshaw]

  2. an occurrence that cause special pleasure or delight

  3. v. interact in a certain way; "Do right by her"; "Treat him with caution, please"; "Handle the press reporters gently" [syn: handle, do by]

  4. 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" [syn: process]

  5. 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" [syn: care for]

  6. 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" [syn: cover, handle, plow, deal, address]

  7. 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. 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" [syn: regale]

  9. engage in negotiations in order to reach an agreement; "they had to treat with the King"

  10. regard or consider in a specific way; "I treated his advances as a joke"

Wiktionary

treat

n. 1 An entertainment, outing, or other indulgence provided by someone for the enjoyment of others. 2 An unexpected gift, event etc., which provides great pleasure. 3 (context obsolete English) A parley or discussion of terms; a negotiation. 4 (context obsolete English) An entreaty. vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To negotiate, discuss terms, bargain (''for'' or ''with''). (from 13th c.) 2 (context intransitive English) To discourse; to handle a subject in writing or speaking; to conduct a discussion. (from 14th c.) 3 (context transitive English) To discourse on; to represent or deal with in a particular way, in writing or speaking. (from 14th c.) 4 (context transitive intransitive obsolete English) To entreat or beseech (someone). (14th-17th c.) 5 (context transitive English) To handle, deal with or behave towards in a specific way. (from 14th c.) 6 (context transitive English) To entertain with food or drink, especially at one's own expense; to show hospitality to; to pay for as celebration or reward. (from 16th c.) 7 (context transitive English) To care for medicinally or surgically; to apply medical care to. (from 18th c.) 8 (context transitive English) To subject to a chemical or other action; to act upon with a specific scientific result in mind. (from 19th c.) 9 (rfdef: English)

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

treat

c.1300, "negotiate, bargain, deal with," from Old French traitier "deal with, act toward; set forth (in speech or writing)" (12c.), from Latin tractare "manage, handle, deal with, conduct oneself toward," originally "drag about, tug, haul, pull violently," frequentative of trahere (past participle tractus) "to pull, draw" (see tract (n.1)).\n

\nMeaning "to entertain with food and drink without expense to the recipient by way of compliment or kindness (or bribery)" is recorded from c.1500. Sense of "deal with, handle, or develop in speech or writing" (early 14c.) led to the use in medicine "to attempt to heal or cure, to manage in the application of remedies" (1781). Related: Treated; treating.

treat

late 14c., "action of discussing terms," from treat (v.). Sense of "a treating with food and drink, an entertainment given as a compliment or expression of regard" (1650s) was extended by 1770 to "anything that affords much pleasure."

Usage examples of "treat".

As these several abnormal conditions and diseases will be treated of elsewhere in this volume, we omit their further consideration here.

Molly was very sympathetic to Aboriginal people and treated them kindly.

Looking back now, I suppose she knew more about how Aboriginal people were treated than I did.

Social Democrats have for the most part been treated by the authorities with repressive laws and abusive epithets.

If it was just her arm, then Abies with his military background could treat her for days if necessary.

The two filtrates are mixed and treated with a little acetic acid, and the cobalt and nickel are then precipitated as sulphides by a current of sulphuretted hydrogen.

Again, if the ore is washed with water before treating with cyanide on the large scale, then the assay should be made of the acidity of the ore after a similar washing.

In a report of a poisoning case now on trial, where we are told that arsenic enough was found in the stomach to produce death in twenty-four hours, the patient is said to have been treated by arsenic, phosphorus, bryonia, aconite, nux vomica, and muriatic acid,--by a practitioner of what school it may be imagined.

Not one of them was deceived in the young officer, but, being already acquainted with the adventure, they were all delighted to dine with the hero of the comedy, and treated the handsome officer exactly as if he had truly been a man, but I am bound to confess that the male guests offered the Frenchwoman homages more worthy of her sex.

Treating Raven like the dangerous predator he was, Adeem very carefully held the sword out to him.

In a way, the adjective following the noun is treated as an extension of the noun proper, and so the case ending is added at the end of the whole phrase.

Dublin had not been treated like Boston, and if Cork and Waterford had not been reduced to ashes like the towns of America, it was not through the enlightened policy of ministers, but from fear of the consequences of adopting stringent measures toward those refractory cities.

I could kiss neither of them, since one passed for my niece, and my sense of humanity would not allow me to treat Marcoline as my mistress in the presence of an unfortunate brother who adored her, and had never obtained the least favour from her.

For this reason one who is in the love of ruling from the love of self thinks nothing of defrauding his neighbor, committing adultery with his wife, slandering him, breathing vengeance on him even to the death, treating him cruelly, and other such deeds.

Some ignorant peasants, terrified by the balloon, ran for their guns, and the poor aeronaut was treated to a shower of bullets.