I. verb Etymology: Middle English treten, from Anglo-French treter, traiter, traitier, from Latin tractare to drag about, handle, deal with, frequentative of trahere to drag, pull Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. to discuss terms of accommodation or settlement ; negotiate 2. to deal with a matter especially in writing ; discourse — usually used with of <
a book treating of conservation
3. to pay another's expenses (as for a meal or drink) especially as a compliment or as an expression of regard or friendship transitive verb 1. a. to deal with in speech or writing ; expound b. to present or represent artistically c. to deal with ; handle <
food is plentiful and treated with imagination — Cecil Beaton
2. a. to bear oneself toward ; use <
treat a horse cruelly
b. to regard and deal with in a specified manner — usually used with as <
treat the matter as confidential
3. a. to provide with free food, drink, or entertainment <
they treated us to lunch
b. to provide with enjoyment or gratification 4. to care for or deal with medically or surgically <
treat a disease
5. to act upon with some agent especially to improve or alter <
treat a metal with acid
treater noun II. noun Date: 1651 1. a. an entertainment given without expense to those invited b. the act of providing another with free food, drink, or entertainment <
dinner will be my treat
2. an especially unexpected source of joy, delight, or amusement <
seeing her again was a treat

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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