treat Definition

  • 1to behave towards someone or deal with something in a particular way
  • 2to give medical care or attention to a person, injury, or illness
  • 3something enjoyable or that gives pleasure

Using treat: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "treat" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He always treats his employees with respect.

  • Example

    The doctor treated the patient's injuries.

  • Example

    I treated myself to a spa day.

  • Example

    She treated us to dinner at her favorite restaurant.

treat Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using treat

  • a tough/nasty/rough treat

    an unpleasant or difficult experience


    Working in the mines is a tough treat, but it pays well.

  • something visually pleasing or beautiful


    The sunset over the ocean was a real treat for the eyes.

  • something that is not often experienced or seen, making it special


    Getting to see a live performance by her favorite band was a rare treat for Sarah.

Phrases with treat

  • to treat someone very badly or disrespectfully


    I can't believe he treated you like dirt after all you've done for him.

  • to pay for or provide something enjoyable for someone else


    I treated my sister to a concert for her birthday.

  • to do something special or enjoyable for yourself


    After a long week of work, I decided to treat myself to a movie and some popcorn.

Origins of treat

from Old English 'trǣtan', meaning 'negotiate, discuss, treat'


Summary: treat in Brief

The verb 'treat' [triːt] has three main meanings: to behave towards someone or deal with something in a particular way, to give medical care or attention, and something enjoyable. It can be used in phrases like 'treat someone like dirt,' 'treat someone to something,' and 'treat yourself.' Idioms include 'a tough/nasty/rough treat,' 'a treat for the eyes,' and 'a rare treat.'

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