1 handle, manage, behave or act toward(s), deal with; use:
Why should we treat female employees any differently?
2 handle, manage, deal with, discuss, touch on or upon, consider, take up, study, examine, explore, investigate, scrutinize, analyse, go into, probe, survey, expound (on), criticize, review, critique:
That subject is treated in Chapter VI.
3 nurse, doctor, attend, care for, look after, prescribe for, medicate:
He is being treated for gallstones.
4 entertain, take out, pay for, regale, play host to; wine and dine:
Our visitors treated us when we went out to dinner yesterday.
5 treat (someone) to (something). pay (the bill) for, buy (something) for:
Edward treated us all to ice-cream.
6 favour, gift, present, boon, bonus, premium, Colloq US and Canadian freebie:
Put your money away - this is my treat.
great, real, special | little
I like to give the girls a little treat every now and then.
| occasional, rare | anniversary, birthday, Christmas, holiday | family | tasty
Snails are a tasty treat for hedgehogs.
VERB + TREAT
give sb | deserve
as/for a ~
We took the kids to the zoo for a special treat.
be in for a treat/have a treat in store
If their latest album is half as good as their last one, we've a real treat in store. verb
1 handle sb/sth in a particular way
equitably, fairly, humanely, kindly, leniently, sympathetically, well | abominably, badly, harshly, roughly, shabbily, unfairly, unjustly
They treat their animals quite badly.
These allegations are being treated very seriously indeed.
| differently | separately
VERB + TREAT
Parents still tend to treat boys differently from girls.
the tendency to treat older people as helpless and dependent
Don't treat me like a child!
He treated the idea with suspicion.
a tendency to treat sb/sth
2 give sb medical treatment
easily | successfully | surgically
VERB + TREAT
be difficult to | use sth to
She was treated for cuts and bruises.
We can treat this condition quite successfully with antibiotics.
3 use a substance to protect sth
Chemically treated hair can become dry and brittle.
You need to treat this wood for woodworm.
The timber has been treated with chemicals to preserve it.
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