(noun, verb)


1. something considered choice to eat

Similar word(s): dainty, delicacy, goody, kickshaw

Definition categories: food, aliment, alimentation, nourishment, nutriment, nutrition, sustenance, victuals

2. an occurrence that causes special pleasure or delight

Definition categories: event, happening, occurrence, occurrent

Sentences with treat as a noun:

- I took the kids to the zoo for a treat.

- It was such a treat to see her back in action on the London stage.


1. interact in a certain way

- Treat him with caution, please

Similar word(s): handle

Definition categories: social, interact

2. subject to a process or treatment, with the aim of readying for some purpose, improving, or remedying a condition

- treat the water so it can be drunk

- treat the lawn with chemicals

- treat an oil spill

Similar word(s): process

Definition categories: change, affect, impact, touch

3. provide treatment for

- The doctor treated my broken leg

- The patient must be treated right away or she will die

- Treat the infection with antibiotics

Definition categories: body

4. act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression

- The new book treats the history of China

Similar word(s): address, cover, deal, handle, plow

Definition categories: communication, broach, initiate

5. provide with a gift or entertainment

- Grandmother always treated us to the circus

- I like to treat myself to a day at a spa when I am depressed

Definition categories: possession, gift, give, present

6. provide with choice or abundant food or drink

- Don't worry about the expensive wine--I'm treating

- She treated her houseguests with good food every night

Similar word(s): regale

Definition categories: consumption, cater, ply, provide, supply

7. engage in negotiations in order to reach an agreement

- they had to treat with the King

Definition categories: communication, negociate

8. regard or consider in a specific way

- I treated his advances as a joke

Definition categories: cognition, react, respond

Sentences with treat as a verb:

- Cicero's writing treats mainly of old age and personal duty.

- The article treated feminism as a quintessentially modern movement.

- You treated me like a fool.

- She was tempted to treat the whole affair as a joke.

- I treated my son to some popcorn in the interval.

- I've done so well this month, I'll treat you all to dinner (or 'Dinner is my treat.)

- My husband treated me to a Paris holiday for our anniversary.

- They treated me for malaria.

- He treated the substance with sulphuric acid.

- I treated the photo somewhat to make the colours more pronounced.