Adjective "Treat" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Behave towards or deal with in a certain way.
  1. 'he treated her with grave courtesy'
  2. 'The youngsters were wonderful and treated me with great respect, which is more than I can say for some of the teachers - because I was on my own.'
  3. 'Young people are quite capable of knowing the moral quality of that choice, yet we are in a society that patronises them by treating them as if they have no capacity to understand the nature of their actions.'
  4. 'His audience treated him with caution and courtesy, while its skepticism and impatience steadily increased.'
  5. 'I always get him into trouble by saying he's a great reporter, because people think he treated us with a soft touch.'
  6. 'I've treated him with the respect that he probably didn't deserve, and it wasn't easy.'
  7. 'She slept with them even though they treated her with contempt.'
  8. 'Instead she targeted the very people who treated her with such compassion.'
  9. 'So when she gave birth to her second son several years later in Sheffield she treated him with kid gloves, determined nothing would ever happen to him.'
  10. 'She treated me with all the respect accorded more high profile visitors.'
  11. 'It is a credit to our high school teachers who treated us with the same respect they might treat their colleagues, no matter how crazy our ideas might have been.'
  12. 'The concept was to treat the global network as if it were one giant information space.'
  13. 'Summarising, political correctness is a one-way street: they may use every form of rudeness but we must treat their concerns as sacred; this must be fought.'
  14. 'Much organization theory implicitly treats organizations as actors and managers as instruments through which organizations pursue their interests.'
  15. 'Police initially treated the case as a missing person inquiry but mounting concern prompted a forensic examination of her home.'
  16. 'Why not then treat our personal information as private property?'
  17. 'I treated this information as a safety net in that it reassured me that the price we were suggesting for a contract was realistic based on previous project costs.'
  18. 'This is due to the trusting nature of the email system which treats every incoming connection as a valid connection.'
  19. 'Additionally, they treat such information as a snapshot of material to be worked on, not as decisive.'
  20. 'If not then they too should treat such information as mischievous.'
  21. 'The sport's governing body treats such tests as assessing health, but they are regarded by anti-doping bodies as a proxy for detecting drug use.'
  22. 'the issue is more fully treated in chapter five'
  23. 'Here thematic chapters treat topics such as manors and granges, woods and parks, gardens and vineyards, and towns and transport, setting out in a big, fat book a valuable overview.'
  24. 'Little wonder, then, when television - the ultimate in consumption - treats a subject it very often does so by history.'
  25. 'Subjects are not treated thematically, but rather simply as they occurred in Clinton's day.'
  26. 'It does not treat the subject in any depth, nor does it present existing knowledge in a novel and accessible manner.'
  27. 'And, of course, whose authoritative record are we referring to when treating a controversial subject?'
  28. 'It is not just a matter of what subjects are explored by male and female authors, but how identical subjects are treated by them.'
  29. 'In my future work this subject shall be treated, as it well deserves, at much greater length.'
  30. 'The comedian, who often treats the subject of terrorism in his material, has said the killing changed his outlook on life.'
  31. 'Indeed, the subject has mostly been treated tangentially by authors whose principle interests lie elsewhere.'
  32. 'And it succeeds in treating this often delicate subject head-on but with the lightness of touch that you would expect from The Motley Fool.'
Give medical care or attention to; try to heal or cure.
  1. 'Nationally around 50,000 people are treated with the drugs, the most widely used of which is donepezil that is sold under the trade name of Aricept.'
  2. 'In the West, precocious puberty is sometimes treated with regular injections to slow down physical development.'
  3. 'Her physical health is good in that she is not currently being treated for any medical condition, having had a thorough assessment at the hospital one year ago.'
  4. 'Teratoma patients are mostly treated with chemotherapy, which requires being in hospital for a few days every three weeks to be injected with chemicals.'
  5. 'About half of these are treated for cure, and half for palliation.'
  6. 'He explained that his daughter was treated with an oral supplement that was purchased over the internet from a US-based laboratory.'
  7. 'The drug was withdrawn earlier this year when it emerged that two patients being treated with the drug had died of a brain infection.'
  8. 'It is nursing which has shown ways to involve parents in the care of their children who are being treated for cancer.'
  9. 'Patients are initially treated with appropriate antibiotic therapy.'
  10. 'She says 2,000 Chinese addicts were treated with the non-narcotic to cope with withdrawal pains.'
Apply a process or a substance to (something) to protect or preserve it or to give it particular properties.
  1. 'The experimental group is treated with a vaccine known to protect against the infection.'
  2. 'They aren't treated with growth hormones or antibiotics, and they don't contain additives.'
  3. 'Plants were also treated with the fungicide mefenoxam.'
  4. 'Tomatoes are treated with ethylene chloride gas to make them look red.'
  5. 'They are treated with mild chemicals like rosin, alum, starches, etc., and dried in the sun.'
Provide someone with (food, drink, or entertainment) at one's own expense.
  1. 'Meanwhile, visitors to Skipton were treated to a weekend of entertainment at the town's second Waterways Festival.'
  2. 'At the various delivery points, the consignee often treated them to food and drink in return for other messages carried for him on the side.'
  3. 'And when I treated her to some food and got to talking to her, she grew on me.'
  4. 'Soon after he treated me to a drink and took me home.'
  5. 'I can treat you to French food and wine and pastries and other things that are different than the food you have here.'
  6. 'After the drama at the start of the second half, we were treated to a more entertaining spectacle, with both teams pressing for a second and gaps appearing all over the pitch.'
  7. 'SIR - What a fantastic, long afternoon of musical entertainment Thornton Vocal Union treated us to at St George's Hall on December 12.'
  8. 'He'd treated her to the expensive meal, and was now taking her to the theatre to see the play that they'd been talking about the night before.'
  9. 'We were welcomed by church leaders, given a brief understanding of the basic procedures to respect the followers attending the service, and afterwards we were treated to drinks, food and a chance to ask individuals about their faith.'
  10. 'Meanwhile, back at the car park, we were treated to some splendid entertainment courtesy of the lads and lassies from the three competing nations.'
  11. 'he treated her to one of his smiles'
  12. 'So I climbed some 300 steps to get to the top, where I was treated to some gorgeous views of the Thai capital.'
  13. 'If the water is low and the wind favourable, they will be treated to a magnificent view of the falls and the yawning abyss below the Zambezi Bridge.'
  14. 'treat yourself—you can diet tomorrow'
  15. 'So today we're back in Copenhagen treating ourselves to a spa.'
  16. 'Speaking of our fair city, December wouldn't be complete without a reminder to please drop off a few non-perishables to your local food bank before treating yourself to life's finer things.'
  17. 'Due to family commitments, the newly-weds didn't manage a honeymoon but Tom, now 73, and Doreen, 75, plan on treating themselves this time around.'
  18. 'And it's not just celebrities who are treating themselves to a few sparklers.'
  19. 'I hope none of your theatre-going readers were deterred from treating themselves to a thoroughly enjoyable evening.'
  20. 'An overweight widower in declining health, he lives alone, walks with a cane, treats himself to good cigars and talks to photographs of his dead wife.'
  21. 'Rich people in the throes of divorce are prone to giving away money to relatives and friends or treating themselves to a new house or yacht.'
  22. 'It's worth treating yourself to some pampering.'
  23. 'Quote: ‘A shipping clerk earning $25,000 a year treats herself to silk pajamas at Victoria's Secret.’'
Negotiate terms with someone, especially an opponent.
  1. 'Father had had to find refuge with the people he had just been treating with.'
  2. 'But even it is treating with Mammon this year.'
  3. 'He has 60 days from the receipt of the recommendations and three options in treating with the authority: accept, reject or modify.'


An event or item that is out of the ordinary and gives great pleasure.
  1. 'But don't let that put you off; it's an entertaining and varied treat, leftfield music of the most listenable variety.'
  2. 'Over 150 varieties of irises hold court for the garden visitor, a surprising visual treat.'
  3. 'The movie is a treat for adults and children alike.'
  4. 'Only a quarter of women feel they can rely on their partners to help them escape by organising a surprise trip or treat.'
  5. 'To have all these impromptu pleasures on a Wednesday night is such a treat!'
  6. 'And as a special DVD treat, look for the completed version of the party clown documentary that started this whole thing.'
  7. 'I'm going to save the listening pleasure for a treat at the end of exams.'
  8. 'It's an old-fashioned cinematic treat, and certainly one of the greatest surprises of the year.'
  9. 'This is no ordinary musician and a huge treat is in store for those who will attend.'
  10. 'Adding to his pleasure was the repeated treat of sleeping in his own bed.'
  11. '‘My treat,’ he insisted, reaching for the bill'
  12. 'Try to limit sweets and chocolate treats to just a couple of times a day.'
  13. 'A sweet treat on an empty stomach may trigger blood-sugar changes and energy swings, so it's best to enjoy it after a meal containing fibre.'
  14. 'To make eating more satisfying, Schatz suggests utilizing a greater variety of flavors and cutting back on salty foods and sweet treats.'
  15. 'And Mrs Habgood suggests eating sweet treats and Christmas pudding at tea-time.'
  16. 'The horse will start to look forward to the treat prior to the event.'
  17. 'It has arranged a packed programme of events, treats and visits during the children's stay.'
  18. 'The other chocolate treats of Torino are Bicerin and gelato.'
  19. 'Seasonal treats include candies, cookies, fruits, nuts, food snacks and drinks which overflow the gift basket.'
  20. 'It was a small but nice cup of sips that helped me take a break from intensive waves of sweet and cold treats.'
  21. 'Last weekend, the Easter Bunny made a special stop on the North Shore with a mission to leave chocolate and other candy treats.'

More definitions

1. to act or behave toward (a person) in some specified way: to treat someone with respect.

2. to consider or regard in a specified way, and deal with accordingly: to treat a matter as unimportant.

3. to deal with (a disease, patient, etc.) in order to relieve or cure.

4. to deal with in speech or writing; discuss.

5. to deal with, develop, or represent artistically, especially in some specified manner or style: to treat a theme realistically.

6. to subject

More examples(as adjective)

"texts can be treat with respects."

"places can be treat with standards."

"people can be treat with sensitivities."

"people can be treat with courses."

"people can be treat with cautions."

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Middle English (in the senses ‘negotiate’ and ‘discuss a subject’): from Old French traitier, from Latin tractare ‘handle’, frequentative of trahere ‘draw, pull’. The current noun sense dates from the mid 17th century.


— a treat
treat something lightly