Pronunciation: (trēt),[key] —v.t. 1. to act or behave toward (a person) in some specified way: to treat someone with respect. 2. to consider or regard in a specified way, and deal with accordingly: to treat a matter as unimportant. 3. to deal with (a disease, patient, etc.) in order to relieve or cure.
4. to deal with in speech or writing; discuss.
5. to deal with, develop, or represent artistically, esp. in some specified manner or style: to treat a theme realistically. 6. to subject to some agent or action in order to bring about a particular result: to treat a substance with an acid. 7. to entertain; give hospitality to: He treats diplomats in the lavish surroundings of his country estate. 8. to provide food, entertainment, gifts, etc., at one's own expense: Let me treat you to dinner.
—v.i. 1. to deal with a subject in speech or writing; discourse: a work that treats of the caste system in India. 2. to give, or bear the expense of, a treat: Is it my turn to treat? 3. to carry on negotiations with a view to a settlement; discuss terms of settlement; negotiate.
—n. 1. entertainment, food, drink, etc., given by way of compliment or as an expression of friendly regard.
2. anything that affords particular pleasure or enjoyment.
3. the act of treating.
4. one's turn to treat.