from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To act or behave in a specified manner toward.
- transitive v. To regard and handle in a certain way. Often used with as: treated the matter as a joke.
- transitive v. To deal with in writing or speech; discuss: a book that treats all aspects of health care.
- transitive v. To deal with or represent artistically in a specified manner or style: treats the subject poetically.
- transitive v. To provide with food, entertainment, or gifts at one's own expense: treated her sister to the theater.
- transitive v. To give (someone or oneself) something pleasurable: treated herself to a day in the country.
- transitive v. To subject to a process, action, or change, especially to a chemical or physical process or application.
- transitive v. To give medical aid to (someone): treated many patients in the emergency room.
- transitive v. To give medical aid to counteract (a disease or condition): treated malaria with quinine.
- intransitive v. To deal with a subject or topic in writing or speech. Often used with of: The essay treats of courtly love.
- intransitive v. To pay for another's entertainment, food, or drink.
- intransitive v. To engage in negotiations, as to reach a settlement or agree on terms: "Both sides nonetheless are quite willing to treat with [the king]” ( Gregory J. Wallance).
- n. Something, such as one's food or entertainment, that is paid for by someone else.
- n. A source of a special delight or pleasure: His trip abroad was a real treat.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An entertainment, outing, or other indulgence provided by someone for the enjoyment of others.
- n. An unexpected gift, event etc., which provides great pleasure.
- n. A parley or discussion of terms; a negotiation.
- n. An entreaty.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To handle; to manage; to use; to bear one's self toward
- transitive v. To discourse on; to handle in a particular manner, in writing or speaking.
- transitive v. To entertain with food or drink, especially the latter, as a compliment, or as an expression of friendship or regard.
- transitive v. To negotiate; to settle; to make terms for.
- transitive v. To care for medicinally or surgically; to manage in the use of remedies or appliances.
- transitive v. To subject to some action; to apply something to.
- transitive v. To entreat; to beseech.
- intransitive v. To discourse; to handle a subject in writing or speaking; to make discussion; -- usually with of.
- intransitive v. To negotiate; to come to terms of accommodation; -- often followed by with.
- intransitive v. To give a gratuitous entertainment, esp. of food or drink, as a compliment.
- n. A parley; a conference.
- n. An entertainment given as an expression of regard.
- n. That which affords entertainment; a gratification; a satisfaction.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In electricity, in the making of glow-lamps, to coat (the filament) with a deposited layer of carbon.
- n. A plaster or a salve made of wax, lard, etc., spread on cloth; a cerate.
- To behave to or toward; conduct one's self in a certain manner with respect to; use.
- To discuss; discourse of; consider.
- To address; discourse to.
- To negotiate; settle.
- To handle, manipulate, or develop in any manner, especially in writing or speaking, or by any of the processes of art.
- To look upon; consider; regard.
- To manage in the application of remedies: as, to treat a fever or a patient.
- To sudject to the action of some chemical agent or reagent.
- 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.
- To entreat; beseech; solicit.
- To discourse; handle in writing or speaking; make discussion: formerly used absolutely, now followed usually by of, rarely by upon.
- To negotiate, especially for peace; discuss terms of accommodation: used absolutely or with a limiting phrase.
- 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. Parley; conference; treaty; discourse; discussion.
- n. An entertainment given as a compliment or expression of regard.
- n. Something given as an entertainment; something paid for in compliment to another.
- n. One's turn to treat (see treat, v. i., 3); especially, one of several rounds of drinks: as, it is my treat now.
- n. Anything which affords much pleasure; that which is peculiarly enjoyable; unusual gratification.
- n. An entreaty.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. provide with choice or abundant food or drink
- n. something considered choice to eat
- v. interact in a certain way
- v. engage in negotiations in order to reach an agreement
- n. an occurrence that causes special pleasure or delight
- v. regard or consider in a specific way
- v. provide treatment for
- v. provide with a gift or entertainment
- v. act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression
- v. subject to a process or treatment, with the aim of readying for some purpose, improving, or remedying a condition
Middle English tretien, from Old French traitier, from Latin tractāre, frequentative of trahere, to draw.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman treter, Old French tretier, from Latin trāctare ("to pull", "to manage"), from the past participle stem of trahere ("to draw", "to pull"). (Wiktionary)