Meaning of “treat” in the English Dictionary

"treat" in English

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uk /triːt/ us /triːt/

treat verb (DEAL WITH)

B2 [ T usually + adv/prep ] to behave towards someone or deal with something in a particular way:

My parents treated us all the same when we were kids.
He treated his wife very badly.
It's wrong to treat animals as if they had no feelings.
I treat remarks like that with the contempt that they deserve.

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treat verb (GIVE MEDICAL CARE)

B2 [ T ] to use drugs, exercises, etc. to cure a person of a disease or heal an injury:

He is being treated for a rare skin disease.
Western medicine tends to treat the symptoms and not the cause.

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treat verb (PAY FOR)

B2 [ T ] to buy or pay for something for another person:

Put your money away - I'm going to treat you (to this).
I'm going to treat myself to (= buy for myself) a new pair of sandals.

treat verb (PUT ON)

[ T ] to put a special substance on material such as wood, cloth, metal, etc. or put it through a special process, in order to protect it from damage or decay:

The material has been treated with resin to make it waterproof.


uk /triːt/ us /triːt/

treat noun (PAY FOR)

my, your, etc. treat [ S ]

an occasion when I, you, etc. buy or pay for something for another person:

No, you paid for dinner last time - this is my treat.


(Definition of “treat” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"treat" in American English

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us /trit/

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.


[ 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.


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[ 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)

"treat" in Business English

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treatverb [ T ]

uk /triːt/ us

to behave towards or think of someone or something in a particular way:

treat sb/sth as sth We must treat employees as allies in achieving change.
treat sb/sth equally/fairly/unfairly It very hard to prove that the company had been treated unfairly.
treat sb/sth like sth The company treated their initial public offering more like a marketing opportunity than a capital-raising exercise.

to deal with something in a particular way:

Each Fund is treated as a single tax entity.
The employment department said the unemployment figures should be treated with caution.

PRODUCTION to put a special substance on something or put it through a special process, in order to protect it, clean it, or make it safe:

treat sth with sth We treat the material with resin to make it waterproof.

(Definition of “treat” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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Furthermore, such research is now no longer required because encouraging results have been obtained through the use of adult stem cells to treat incurable diseases.
My answer is, because the system we have is wrong, which is why we need to change the system rather than trying to treat the symptoms.
Parents must give some thought to how they treat their children and prevent their being treated unequally from the cradle onwards.
Does that not cause them stress of a kind which creates a conflict for us when it comes to caring for animals and our ambition to treat animals well?
In effect, many rules treat the situation of the applicant as if this status had already been ascertained, for example by regulating access to longer-term activities such as professional training.
Why not therefore treat those who hold a long-stay visa as already resident so that they can enjoy the same right to freedom of movement?
Lastly, the effectiveness of a medicinal product can only be demonstrated when it is compared to that of other medicinal products available to treat the same conditions.
Please take this very seriously, so that we can continue to receive guests in future and so that we can treat them as guests ought to be treated.
The pollutants emitted depend both on the nature of the waste to be treated and the technologies used to treat this waste.
We should treat this seriously.