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[treet] /trit/
verb (used with object)
to act or behave toward (a person) in some specified way:
to treat someone with respect.
to consider or regard in a specified way, and deal with accordingly:
to treat a matter as unimportant.
to deal with (a disease, patient, etc.) in order to relieve or cure.
to deal with in speech or writing; discuss.
to deal with, develop, or represent artistically, especially in some specified manner or style:
to treat a theme realistically.
to subject to some agent or action in order to bring about a particular result:
to treat a substance with an acid.
to entertain; give hospitality to:
He treats diplomats in the lavish surroundings of his country estate.
to provide food, entertainment, gifts, etc., at one's own expense:
Let me treat you to dinner.
verb (used without object)
to deal with a subject in speech or writing; discourse:
a work that treats of the caste system in India.
to give, or bear the expense of, a treat:
Is it my turn to treat?
to carry on negotiations with a view to a settlement; discuss terms of settlement; negotiate.
entertainment, food, drink, etc., given by way of compliment or as an expression of friendly regard.
anything that affords particular pleasure or enjoyment.
the act of treating.
one's turn to treat.
Origin of treat
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for well-treated
Historical Examples
  • You must be assured that your mount will be well-treated and not abused.

    If You're Going to Live in the Country Thomas H. Ormsbee and Richmond Huntley
  • No man knew better than the Dean when he was well-treated and when ill-treated.

    Is He Popenjoy? Anthony Trollope
  • I soon told her all that had happened to me, and that I was well-treated and not very unhappy.

  • It was not well-treated in its present home, and had all the hard tasks given it, so as to spare the inn-keeper's own animals.

    Ditte: Girl Alive! Martin Andersen Nexo
  • She said she would like to invite me, Lucy colored with shy embarrassment, but she was afraid we would not be well-treated.

  • At length, he was taken to Detroit, an English post, where he was well-treated; and he recovered from his numerous wounds.

  • None of your Hardhacks, but a school where he will be happy and well-treated.

    Hildegarde's Home Laura E. Richards
  • The chase after him had been so savage that he had no faith in being made a well-treated prisoner.

    The Peril Finders George Manville Fenn
  • Medor's appearance was that of a useful and well-treated servant; his looks towards his master those of a confiding friend.

    Popular Tales Madame Guizot
  • Pride, sense of dignity, and self-respect are very conspicuously exhibited by well-treated dogs.

    Animal Intelligence George J. Romanes
British Dictionary definitions for well-treated


adjective (well treated when postpositive)
not subjected to threats, harm, or other bad treatment: hostages were well treated


a celebration, entertainment, gift, or feast given for or to someone and paid for by another
any delightful surprise or specially pleasant occasion
the act of treating
(transitive) to deal with or regard in a certain manner: she treats school as a joke
(transitive) to apply treatment to: to treat a patient for malaria
(transitive) to subject to a process or to the application of a substance: to treat photographic film with developer
(transitive; often foll by to) to provide (someone) (with) as a treat: he treated the children to a trip to the zoo
(formal) (intransitive) usually foll by of. to deal (with), as in writing or speaking
(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 well-treated



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.


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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well-treated 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 well-treated


In addition to the idiom beginning with
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