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English noun: treat

1. treat (food) something considered choice to eat

Synonymsdainty, delicacy, goody, kickshaw

Broader (hypernym)aliment, alimentation, nourishment, nutriment, nutrition, sustenance, victuals

Narrower (hyponym)ambrosia, bone marrow, choice morsel, confection, gelatin, jelly, marrow, nectar, savory, savoury, sweet, tidbit, titbit

2. treat (event) an occurrence that causes special pleasure or delight

Broader (hypernym)happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent

English verb: treat

1. treat (social) interact in a certain way

SamplesDo right by her.
Treat him with caution, please.
Handle the press reporters gently.

Synonymsdo by, handle

Pattern of useSomething ----s something Adjective/Noun.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)interact

Narrower (hyponym)abuse, baby, bemock, brutalise, brutalize, cocker, coddle, cosset, criminalize, cut, disregard, do well by, featherbed, gloss over, handle with kid gloves, ignore, ill-treat, ill-use, indulge, maltreat, mistreat, mock, mollycoddle, nurse, pamper, ride roughshod, rough-house, run roughshod, skate over, skimp over, slur over, smooth over, snub, spoil, step, strong-arm, upstage, wrong

Verb groupaddress, cover, deal, handle, plow, treat, treat

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

SamplesProcess cheese.
Process hair.
Treat the water so it can be drunk.
Treat the lawn with chemicals.
Treat an oil spill.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)affect, bear on, bear upon, impact, touch, touch on

Narrower (hyponym)aerate, Agenise, Agenize, air-condition, ammoniate, beneficiate, bituminise, bituminize, bromate, brominate, camphorate, carbonate, carboxylate, chlorinate, chrome, creosote, curry, digest, dose, fluoridate, fluoridise, fluoridize, fume, fumigate, iodise, iodize, irradiate, malt, mercerise, mercerize, nitrate, nitrify, nitrogenise, nitrogenize, oxygenate, oxygenise, oxygenize, propagate, ray, refine, reverberate, run, scald, seed, sulfur, sulphur, tank, vulcanise, vulcanize

3. treat (body) provide treatment for

SamplesThe doctor treated my broken leg.
The nurses cared for the bomb victims.
The patient must be treated right away or she will die.
Treat the infection with antibiotics.

ExamplesDid he treat his foot?

Synonymscare for

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Narrower (hyponym)administer, analyse, analyze, bleed, burn, cauterise, cauterize, correct, cup, detox, detoxify, dispense, doctor, dress, hyperventilate, insufflate, iodise, iodize, irrigate, leech, manipulate, massage, medicate, medicine, nurse, operate, operate on, pack, phlebotomise, phlebotomize, psychoanalyse, psychoanalyze, purge, relieve, remedy, shock, splint, transfuse, vet

4. treat (communication) act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression

SamplesThis book deals with incest.
The course covered all of Western Civilization.
The new book treats the history of China.

Synonymsaddress, cover, deal, handle, plow

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)broach, initiate

Narrower (hyponym)discourse, discuss, talk about, theologise, theologize

Verb groupcomprehend, cover, do by, embrace, encompass, handle, treat

5. treat (possession) provide with a gift or entertainment

SamplesGrandmother always treated us to the circus.
I like to treat myself to a day at a spa when I am depressed.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)gift, give, present

Verb groupregale, treat

6. treat (consumption) provide with choice or abundant food or drink

SamplesDon't worry about the expensive wine--I'm treating.
She treated her houseguests with good food every night.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody with something.
Somebody ----s somebody PP

Broader (hypernym)cater, ply, provide, supply

Narrower (hyponym)alcoholize, feast, feed, wine

Verb grouptreat

7. treat (communication) engage in negotiations in order to reach an agreement

SamplesThey had to treat with the King.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)negociate

8. treat (cognition) regard or consider in a specific way

SamplesI treated his advances as a joke.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)react, respond

Verb groupdo by, handle, treat

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