Treat

Definition of Treat

v. t.1.To handle; to manage; to use; to bear one's self toward; as, to treat prisoners cruelly; to treat children kindly.
[imp. & p. p. Treated; p. pr. & vb. n. Treating.]
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.
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.
7.To entreat; to beseech.
v. i.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.
n.1.A parley; a conference.
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.

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