- The definition of a treat is something pleasant that is unexpected or that is offered as a surprise or a reward.
An example of a treat is going out for ice cream.
- To treat is to act a certain way towards a person or thing or to provide medical aid or help.
- An example of treat is when you are nice to your brother.
- An example of treat is when a doctor gives you medicine for a disease.
- to discuss terms (with a person or for a settlement); negotiate
- to deal with a subject in writing or speech; speak or write (of)
- to stand the cost of another's or others' entertainment
Origin of treatMiddle English treten ; from Old French traiter, to handle, meddle, treat ; from Classical Latin tractare, frequentative of trahere, to draw
- to deal with (a subject) in writing, speech, music, painting, etc., esp. in a specified manner or style
- to act or behave toward (a person, animal, etc.) in a specified manner
- to have a specified attitude toward and deal with accordingly: to treat a mistake as a joke
- : often with to: treat the family to a movie, treat oneself to a cookie
- to pay for the food, drink, entertainment, etc. of (another or others)
- to provide with something that pleases
- to subject to some process or to some substance in processing, as in a chemical procedure
- to give medical or surgical care to (someone) or for (some disorder)
- a meal, drink, entertainment, etc. paid for by someone else
- anything that gives great pleasure
- the act of treating or entertaining
- someone's turn to treat
verbtreat·ed, treat·ing, treats
- To act or behave in a specified manner toward: treated me fairly.
- To regard and handle in a certain way. Often used with as: treated the matter as a joke.
- To deal with in writing or speech; discuss: a book that treats all aspects of health care.
- To deal with or represent artistically in a specified manner or style: treats the subject poetically.
- a. To provide with food, entertainment, or gifts at one's own expense: treated her sister to the theater.b. To give (someone or oneself) something pleasurable: treated herself to a day in the country.
- To subject to a process, action, or change, especially to a chemical or physical process or application: treated the cloth with bleach.
- a. To give medical aid to (someone): treated many patients in the emergency room.b. To give medical aid to counteract (a disease or condition): treated malaria with quinine.
- To deal with a subject or topic in writing or speech. Often used with of: The essay treats of courtly love.
- To pay for another's entertainment, food, or drink.
- 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).
- Something, such as one's food or entertainment, that is paid for by someone else.
- A source of a special delight or pleasure: His trip abroad was a real treat.
Origin of treatMiddle English tretien, from Old French traitier, from Latin tractāre, frequentative of trahere, to draw.
(third-person singular simple present treats, present participle treating, simple past and past participle treated)
- (intransitive) To negotiate, discuss terms, bargain (for or with). [from 13th c.]
- (intransitive) To discourse; to handle a subject in writing or speaking; to conduct a discussion. [from 14th c.]
- Cicero's writing treats mainly of old age and personal duty.
- To discourse on; to represent or deal with in a particular way, in writing or speaking. [from 14th c.]
- The article treated feminism as a quintessentially modern movement.
- To handle, deal with or behave towards in a specific way. [from 14th c.]
- You treated me like a fool.
- She was tempted to treat the whole affair as a joke.
- 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.]
- I treated my son to some popcorn in the interval.
- I've done so well this month, I'll treat you all to dinner ('Dinner is my treat.)
- My husband treated me to a Paris holiday for our anniversary.
- To care for medicinally or surgically; to apply medical care to. [from 18th c.]
- They treated me for malaria.
- To subject to a chemical or other action; to act upon with a specific scientific result in mind. [from 19th c.]
- The substance was treated with sulphuric acid.
- I treated the photo somewhat to make the colours more pronounced.
In the dialect of Yorkshire, the past tense form tret is sometimes encountered.
- An entertainment, outing, or other indulgence provided by someone for the enjoyment of others.
- I took the kids to the zoo for a treat.
- An unexpected gift, event etc., which provides great pleasure.
- It was such a treat to see her back in action on the London stage.