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treat

verb  /trit/ us  

treat verb (DEAL WITH)

[T always + adv/prep] to behave toward someone or deal with something in a particular way: He treated his children badly. She always tried to treat her students as/like adults.

treat verb (GIVE MEDICAL CARE)

[T] to do something to improve the condition of an ill or injured person, or to try to cure a disease: The hospital treats hundreds of patients a day. The new drug may allow us to treat diabetes more effectively.

treat verb (PUT IN NEW CONDITION)

[T] to change the condition of a substance by adding something to it or putting it through a special process: The sewage is treated with chemicals before being dumped.

treat verb (PAY FOR)

[I/T] to buy or pay for something for someone: [T] I’m going to treat myself to a new pair of sunglasses.

treat

noun  /trit/ us  

treat noun (SPECIAL EXPERIENCE)

[C] a special and enjoyable occasion or experience: It was a real treat seeing my old friends last weekend.

treat noun (PAYMENT)

[U] an occasion on which you pay for someone's food or entertainment: You paid for the taxi, so lunch is my treat (= I will pay).
(Definition of treat from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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