Treat Treat, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Treated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Treating}.] [{OE}. treten, OF. traitier, F. traiter, from L. tractare to draw violently, to handle, manage, treat, v. intens. from trahere, tractum, to draw. See {Trace}, v. t., and cf. {Entreat}, {Retreat}, {Trait}.] 1. To handle; to manage; to use; to bear one's self toward; as, to treat prisoners cruelly; to treat children kindly. [1913 Webster]

2. To discourse on; to handle in a particular manner, in writing or speaking; as, to treat a subject diffusely. [1913 Webster]

3. To entertain with food or drink, especially the latter, as a compliment, or as an expression of friendship or regard; as, to treat the whole company. [1913 Webster]

4. To negotiate; to settle; to make terms for. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

To treat the peace, a hundred senators Shall be commissioned. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

5. (Med.) To care for medicinally or surgically; to manage in the use of remedies or appliances; as, to treat a disease, a wound, or a patient. [1913 Webster]

6. To subject to some action; to apply something to; as, to treat a substance with sulphuric acid. --Ure. [1913 Webster]

7. To entreat; to beseech. [Obs.] --Ld. Berners. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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