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treat

treat

 
 
pronunciation:
trit
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: treated, treating, treats
definition 1: to behave toward (a person or animal) in a particular way.
The prisoners were treated cruelly.Stop treating me like a child!You should treat the kitten more gently.
 
synonyms:
relate to
similar words:
deal with, handle
definition 2: to deal with, manage, or consider in a particular way.
In these cases, the law treats everyone the same.We will treat this information as top secret.He treated her request as trivial.
synonyms:
deal with, handle
similar words:
cope with, manage, process, represent
definition 3: to discuss in speech or writing.
Issues related to conservation will be treated in the next chapter.
synonyms:
address, discuss
similar words:
analyze, consider, deal with, examine, touch
definition 4: to relieve or cure (a disease or illness).
Doctors treated the disease with penicillin.
 
synonyms:
cure, heal, relieve, remedy
similar words:
attend, doctor, medicate, minister, nurse, patch
definition 5: to give medical attention to.
The doctor treats twenty patients a day.
synonyms:
doctor, nurse
similar words:
diagnose, medicate, take care of
definition 6: to offer (food, drink, or entertainment) to at one's own expense.
She offered to treat us to lunch.
similar words:
dine, entertain
definition 7: to act upon in order to achieve a desired result.
He treated the wood with varnish.The water is treated with chlorine.
similar words:
dose
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to deal with a subject, topic, or theme in speech or writing (often fol. by of).
It's an essay that treats of politics.
synonyms:
deal
similar words:
consider, speak
definition 2: to take responsibility for the cost of providing food, drink, or entertainment to another.
You don't have to pay; the boss is treating.
synonyms:
buy, pay
similar words:
entertain
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act of taking responsibility for the cost of providing food, drink, or entertainment to another.
He told us that the ice cream was his treat.
definition 2: anything regarded as a source of pleasure.
Chocolate is his favorite treat.
synonyms:
delicacy, goody
similar words:
indulgence, luxury, morsel, pleasure, present
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derivation: treatable (adj.)
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