- (obsolete) A parley or discussion of terms; a negotiation.
- (obsolete) An entreaty.
- An entertainment, outing, or other indulgence provided by someone for the enjoyment of others.
- I took the kids to the zoo for a .
- An unexpected gift, event etc., which provides great pleasure.
- It was such a to see her back in action on the London stage.
- (intransitive) To negotiate, discuss terms, bargain (for or with).
Etymology: Anglo-Norman treter, from Old French tretier (modern traiter), from Latin tractare "pull, manage", from the past participle stem of trahere "draw, pull".
- We treated with Caesar for the surrender of the city.
- (transitive) To discourse on; to represent or deal with in a particular way, in writing or speaking.
- The article treated feminism as a quintessentially modern movement.
- (intransitive) To discourse; to handle a subject in writing or speaking; to conduct a discussion.
- Cicero's writing treats mainly of old age and personal duty.
- (italbrac, transitive and intransitive; obsolete except in Scotland) To entreat or beseech (someone).
- Only let my family live, I thee.
- (transitive) To handle, deal with or behave towards in a specific way.
- You treated me like a fool.
- She was tempted to the whole affair as a joke.
- (transitive) To care for medicinally or surgically; to apply medical care to.
- They treated me for malaria.
- (transitive) To subject to a specific action; to act upon with a specfic result in mind.
- The substance was treated with sulphuric acid.
- I treated the photo somewhat to make the colours more pronounced.
- (transitive) To entertain with food or drink, especially at one's own expense; to show hospitality to.
- I treated my son to some popcorn in the interval.
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