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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Treat \Treat\, verb (used without an object)

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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Treat \Treat\, verb (used with an object) [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}, verb (used with an object), 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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Treat \Treat\, noun

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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

treat

noun

1: something considered choice to eat [syn: {dainty}, {delicacy}, {goody}, {kickshaw}, {treat}]

2: an occurrence that causes special pleasure or delight

verb

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

2: 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}, {treat}]

3: 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: {treat}, {care for}]

4: act on 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}, {treat}, {handle}, {plow}, {deal}, {address}]

5: 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"

6: 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}, {treat}]

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

8: regard or consider in a specific way; "I treated his advances as a joke"


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