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[treet] /trit/
verb (used with object)
1.
to act or behave toward (a person) in some specified way:
to treat someone with respect.
2.
to consider or regard in a specified way, and deal with accordingly:
to treat a matter as unimportant.
3.
to deal with (a disease, patient, etc.) in order to relieve or cure.
4.
to deal with in speech or writing; discuss.
5.
to deal with, develop, or represent artistically, especially in some specified manner or style:
to treat a theme realistically.
6.
to subject to some agent or action in order to bring about a particular result:
to treat a substance with an acid.
7.
to entertain; give hospitality to:
He treats diplomats in the lavish surroundings of his country estate.
8.
to provide food, entertainment, gifts, etc., at one's own expense:
Let me treat you to dinner.
verb (used without object)
9.
to deal with a subject in speech or writing; discourse:
a work that treats of the caste system in India.
10.
to give, or bear the expense of, a treat:
Is it my turn to treat?
11.
to carry on negotiations with a view to a settlement; discuss terms of settlement; negotiate.
noun
12.
entertainment, food, drink, etc., given by way of compliment or as an expression of friendly regard.
13.
anything that affords particular pleasure or enjoyment.
14.
the act of treating.
15.
one's turn to treat.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English treten (v.) < Old French tretier, traitier < Latin tractāre to drag, handle, treat, frequentative of trahere to drag. See tract1
Related forms
treater, noun
nontreated, adjective
overtreat, verb
self-treated, adjective
untreated, adjective
well-treated, adjective
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  • The object of treating each topic in a paragraph by itself is, of course, to aid the reader.
  • From the beginning he took the tone of a tyrant, treating the colonists as his subjects.
  • But some success has been achieved in using pigs' heart valves and in treating patients whose livers stopped functioning.
  • Along with carving pumpkins and trick-or-treating, reading spooky stories is a great way to celebrate.
  • treating your feet right in winter with warm and cozy comfort shouldn't mean sacrificing a car payment.
  • Sometimes treating the ordinal variable as a continuous variable, however, does not introduce much error.
  • treating him merely as literature is doing him a disservice.
  • Two methods of treating these newcomers seemed equally logical to opposite sorts of minds.
  • treating it as a crime would have been more appropriate.
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British Dictionary definitions for treating

treat

/triːt/
noun
1.
a celebration, entertainment, gift, or feast given for or to someone and paid for by another
2.
any delightful surprise or specially pleasant occasion
3.
the act of treating
verb
4.
(transitive) to deal with or regard in a certain manner: she treats school as a joke
5.
(transitive) to apply treatment to: to treat a patient for malaria
6.
(transitive) to subject to a process or to the application of a substance: to treat photographic film with developer
7.
(transitive; often foll by to) to provide (someone) (with) as a treat: he treated the children to a trip to the zoo
8.
(formal) (intransitive) usually foll by of. to deal (with), as in writing or speaking
9.
(intransitive) (formal) to discuss settlement; negotiate
Derived Forms
treatable, adjective
treater, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French tretier, from Latin tractāre to manage, from trahere to drag
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Word Origin and History for treating

treat

v.

c.1300, "negotiate, bargain, deal with," from Old French traiter (12c.), from Latin tractare "manage, handle, deal with," originally "drag about," frequentative of trahere (past participle tractus) "to pull, draw" (see tract (n.1)). Meaning "to entertain with food and drink by way of compliment or kindness (or bribery)" is recorded from c.1500. Sense of "deal with in speech or writing" (early 14c.) led to the use in medicine (1781), "to attempt to heal or cure." Related: Treated; treating.

n.

late 14c., "action of discussing terms," from treat (v.). Sense of "a treating with food and drink" (1650s) was extended by 1770 to "anything that gives pleasure."

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treating in Medicine

treat (trēt)
v. treat·ed, treat·ing, treats

  1. To give medical aid to someone.

  2. To give medical aid to counteract a disease or condition.

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Idioms and Phrases with treating

treat

In addition to the idiom beginning with
treat
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