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Definition of treat verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    treat

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//trit//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they treat
     
    he / she / it treats
     
    past simple treated
     
    -ing form treating
     
     
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    behave toward someone or something
  1. 1to behave in a particular way toward someone or something treat somebody/something (with something) to treat people with respect/consideration/suspicion, etc. Treat your keyboard with care and it should last for years. treat somebody/something like something My parents still treat me like a child. treat somebody/something as something) He was treated as a hero on his release from prison.
  2. consider
  3. 2treat something as something to consider something in a particular way I decided to treat his remark as a joke. All cases involving children are treated as urgent.
  4. 3treat something + adv./prep. to deal with or discuss something in a particular way The question is treated in more detail in the next chapter.
  5. illness/injury
  6. 4treat somebody (for something) (with something) to give medical care or attention to a person, an illness, an injury, etc. She was treated for sunstroke. The condition is usually treated with drugs and a strict diet. The hospital treated forty cases of malaria last year. Topic CollocationsInjuriesbeing injured have a fall/an injury receive/suffer/sustain a serious injury/a hairline fracture/a gunshot wound/a concussion/whiplash injuries hurt/injure your ankle/back/leg damage the brain/an ankle ligament/your liver/the optic nerve/the skin pull/strain/tear a hamstring/ligament/muscle/tendon sprain/twist your ankle/wrist break a bone/your collarbone/your leg/three ribs fracture/crack your skull break/chip/knock out/lose a tooth burst/perforate your eardrum dislocate your finger/hip/jaw/shoulder/elbow bruise/cut/graze your arm/knee/shoulder burn/scald yourself/your tongue bang/bump/hit your elbow/head/knee (on/against something)treating injuries treat somebody for burns/a head injury/a stab wound examine/clean/dress/bandage/treat a bullet wound repair a damaged/torn ligament/tendon/cartilage amputate/cut off an arm/a finger/a foot/a leg/a limb put on (formal) apply/take off a Band-Aid™/a sterile dressing/a bandage need/require/put in/get/take out stitches put on/rub on (formal) apply cream/ointment/lotion have/receive/undergo physical therapy
  7. use chemical
  8. 5treat something (with something) to use a chemical substance or process to clean, protect, preserve, etc. something to treat crops with insecticide wood treated with preservative
  9. pay for something enjoyable
  10. 6treat somebody/yourself (to something) to pay for something that someone/you will enjoy and that you do not usually have or do She treated him to lunch. Don't worry about the cost—I'll treat you. I'm going to treat myself to a new pair of shoes.
  11. NAmE//ˈtrit̮əbl//
     
    adjective a treatable infection
  12. Idioms
    treat somebody like dirt (informal)
     
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    to treat someone with no respect at all They treat their workers like dirt.
    Phrasal Verbstreat somebody to something
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