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Definition of the noun treat

What does treat mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: treats

  1. something considered choice to eat
  2. an occurrence that causes special pleasure or delight

Alternative definition of the noun treat


  1. An entertainment, outing, or other indulgence provided by someone for the enjoyment of others.
  2. An unexpected gift, event etc., which provides great pleasure.
  3. [obsolete] A parley or discussion of terms; a negotiation.
  4. [obsolete] An entreaty.

Definition of the verb treat

What does treat mean as a doing word?

Treat is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: treated | treating | treats

  1. interact in a certain way
  2. subject to a process or treatment, with the aim of readying for some purpose, improving, or remedying a condition
  3. provide treatment for
    • examples: The doctor treated my broken leg | The patient must be treated right away or she will die | Treat the infection with antibiotics | Did he treat his foot?
    • lexical domain: Body Actions - verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care
    • synonym of treat: care for
    • more specific terms:
  4. act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression
  5. provide with a gift or entertainment
    • examples: Grandmother always treated us to the circus | I like to treat myself to a day at a spa when I am depressed
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient]Brown equipped his soldiers
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] with [Theme]Brown equipped Jones with a camera

      Verbs of Change of Possession (with the same syntax): arm, equip, rearm, redress, regale, reward, saddle.

    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • more generic words: gift / give / present = give as a present
  6. provide with choice or abundant food or drink
    • examples: Don't worry about the expensive wine--I'm treating | She treated her houseguests with good food every night
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 5
    • lexical domain: Consumption - verbs of eating and drinking
    • synonym of treat: regale
    • more generic words: cater / ply / provide / supply = give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance
    • more specific words:
  7. engage in negotiations in order to reach an agreement
    • example: they had to treat with the King
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic word: negociate = confer with another in order to come to terms or reach an agreement
  8. regard or consider in a specific way

Alternative definition of the verb treat


  1. [intransitive] To negotiate, discuss terms, bargain (for or with). [definition from 13th c.]
  2. [intransitive] To discourse; to handle a subject in writing or speaking; to conduct a discussion. [definition from 14th c.]
  3. [transitive] To discourse on; to represent or deal with in a particular way, in writing or speaking. [definition from 14th c.]
  4. [transitive, intransitive, obsolete] To entreat or beseech (someone). [definition 14th-17th c.]
  5. [transitive] To handle, deal with or behave towards in a specific way. [definition from 14th c.]
  6. [transitive] To entertain with food or drink, especially at one's own expense; to show hospitality to. [definition from 16th c.]
  7. [transitive] To care for medicinally or surgically; to apply medical care to. [definition from 18th c.]
  8. [transitive] To subject to a chemical or other action; to act upon with a specific scientific result in mind. [definition from 19th c.]


Treat is a melodic heavy metal band from Stockholm, Sweden.


Who is Treat?

Treat a.k.a. Treat Williams: Richard Treat Williams is a Golden Globe–nominated American actor and children's book author who has appeared on film, stage and television. He first became well known for his starring role in the 1979 film Hair. From 2002 to 2006, he was the star of the television series Everwood. He is also known for starring in "The Substitute" franchise, beginning with the 2nd movie of the series The Substitute 2.


  1. "Treat" is a split cassette shared between by Dutch punk band The Ex and Scottish ex-pat tour mates Dog Faced Hermans. The album was recorded live while the two bands toured Europe together and was released only on cassette in 1990. That year the two bands also collaborated on the single "Lied der Steinklopfer" released under the name Ex Faced Hermans, as well as sharing live sound engineer Gert-Jan, credited as a full member of the Dog Faced Hermans who continued to tour with The Ex for more than a decade.
  2. "Treat" is a composition.
  3. "Treat" is a musical album of Treat.
    • released in (23 years ago)


"TREAT" is a book by Daniel P. Miranker.

  • also known as "TREAT (Research Notes in Artificial Intelligence)"
  • subjects: Computer Science, Software, Mathematics


Treat is a fictional film character.


Treat a.k.a. Treat, Arkansas: Treat is an unincorporated community in Pope County, Arkansas, United States.

Phrases with Treat

Phrase starting with the word Treat:

  1. Treat Them Mean, Keep Them Keen

Phrases ending with the word Treat:

  1. A Treat
  2. ill-treat
  3. dutch treat
  4. Work a Treat
  5. trick or treat
  6. trick-or-treat

Other phrases containing the word Treat:

  1. robert treat paine
  2. No Way to Treat a Lady

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Treat

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Google previewInterpreting Statistical Findings: A Guide For Health Professionals And Students (2010)

a guide for health professionals and students by Walker, Jan, Almond, Palo

The 95% confidence interval for number needed to treat is an important omission. The report of regression analysis is confusing and a number of other errors in the results were reported after publication. The 95% confidence interval for ...

Google previewEvidence-Based Practice in Sport and Exercise (2016)

A Guide to Using Research by Brent L Arnold, Brian K Schilling

The absolute risk reduction and number needed to treat capture the same information but from different perspectives. The attraction of number needed to treat is that it relays the information very pragmatically. It makes it clear that not every ...

Google previewThe New Relational Database Dictionary (2015)

Terms, Concepts, and Examples by C.J. Date

Note: The Manifesto model currently allows TREAT operator invocations to be used as pseudovariable references, but such “TREAT pseudovariables” don't actually seem to serve much purpose. For example, let variable E be of declared type ...

Google previewNew Zealand Māori Word Encyclopedia (2007)

by Sally-Anne Lambert

To punish / To chastise whakairo To ill-treat in any way / To thrash / To subdue To whip / To chastise whiu [fiu—beingexaspexated] To disfigure / To debase / To treat with contempt / *To disguise (only in the sense of wrong intent) whakakino/ ...

Google previewThe Routledge Dictionary of Historical Slang (1973)

by Eric Partridge, Jacqueline Simpson

treat . Something very enjoyable or gratifying; the pleasure therefrom or the delight therein: coll: from late C.18. Rarely of a person (1825, Lady Granville). Esp. a fair treat. 2. Anything, anybody, objectionable or a great nuisance: low ironic coll: ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Men's Health (2005)

by Glenn S. Rothfeld, Deborah S. Romaine

Quality of life becomes a critical factor when considering therapies that have extensive side effects or a high risk for complications, such as radical surgery to treat cancer, organ transplant, or powerful medications to treat neuromuscular ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Epidemiology (2014)

by Miquel Porta

Definitions 1 and 2 look equivalent but are not unless the treatment acts independently of other background factors leading to the harm. See also ABSOLUTE RISK REDUCTION; NUMBER NEEDED TO TREAT; RELATIVE RISK REDUCTION.

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb treat:


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Quotes about Treat

I think it all comes down to relationships - how I treat my wife, how I treat my kids, how I treat the guys at the grocery store, all aspects of every day, what I'm involved in. (Michael W. Smith)
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Scrabble value of T1R1E1A1T1

The value of this 5-letter word is 5 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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