Definition of treaty noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈtriːti//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtriːti//
(pl. treaties) International relations, Peacekeeping
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a formal agreement between two or more countries the Treaty of Rome a peace treaty to draw up/sign/ratify a treaty Under the terms of the treaty, La Rochelle was ceded to the English. Wordfinderaccord, ally, bilateral, cross-border, diplomat, embassy, international, rapprochement, relationship, treaty Wordfinderagreement, armistice, ceasefire, disengage, negotiate, peace, reparations, surrender, treaty, truce CollocationsWar and peaceStarting a war declare/​make/​wage war (on somebody/​something) go to war (against/​with somebody) cause/​spark/​provoke/​foment/​quell unrest incite/​lead/​crush/​suppress a revolt/​rebellion launch/​mount/​carry out a surprise/​terrorist attack prevent/​halt/​represent an escalation of the conflict be torn apart by/​be on the brink of civil war enter/​invade/​occupy somebody’s territory lead/​launch/​resist/​repel an invasionMilitary operations adopt/​develop/​implement/​pursue a military strategy carry out/​execute/​perform military operations/​manoeuvres/(especially US English) maneuvers send/​deploy/​station/​pull back/​withdraw troops go on/​fly/​carry out a reconnaissance/​rescue mission train/​equip/​deploy army/​military/​combat units lead/​launch/​conduct a raid/​a surprise attack/​an (air/​airborne/​amphibious) assault (on somebody) employ/​use guerrilla tactics conduct/​wage biological/​guerrilla warfare fight/​crush/​defeat the rebels/​the insurgency suffer/​inflict a crushing defeat achieve/​win a decisive victory halt/​stop the British/​German/​Russian advance order/​force a retreatFighting join/​serve in the army/​navy/​air force be/​go/​remain/​serve on active duty serve/​complete/​return from a tour of duty be sent to the front (line) attack/​strike/​engage/​defeat/​kill/​destroy the enemy see/​report/​be engaged in heavy fighting call for/​be met with armed resistance come under heavy/​machine-gun/​mortar fire fire a machine-gun/​mortar shells/​rockets (at somebody/​something) shoot a rifle/​a pistol/​bullets/​missiles launch/​fire a cruise/​ballistic/​anti-tank missile use biological/​chemical/​nuclear weapons inflict/​suffer/​sustain heavy losses/​casualties be hit/​killed by enemy/​friendly/​artillery fire become/​be held as a prisoner of warCivilians in war harm/​kill/​target/​protect innocent/​unarmed civilians cause/​avoid/​limit/​minimize civilian casualties/​collateral damage impose/​enforce/​lift a curfew engage in/​be a victim of ethnic cleansing be sent to an internment/​a concentration camp accept/​house/​resettle refugees fleeing from war fear/​threaten military/​violent reprisals commit/​be accused of war crimes/​crimes against humanity/​genocideMaking peace make/​bring/​win/​achieve/​maintain/​promote peace call for/​negotiate/​broker/​declare a ceasefire/​a temporary truce sign a ceasefire agreement call for/​bring/​put an end to hostilities demand/​negotiate/​accept the surrender of somebody/​something establish/​send (in) a peacekeeping force negotiate/​conclude/​ratify/​sign/​accept/​reject/​break/​violate a peace treaty See related entries: International relations, Peacekeeping Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French traite, from Latin tractatus ‘treatise’, from tractare ‘to handle’, frequentative of trahere ‘draw’.Extra examples A multilateral nuclear test ban treaty was to be signed. All the members have voted to ratify the treaty. Certain areas had been ceded by treaty. In 1713 the Treaty of Utrecht ended the War of the Spanish Succession. In September 1871 Japan entered into a commercial treaty with China. Indonesia was not a party to this treaty. The government concluded a peace treaty with the rebels. The new law may be in breach of the Treaty of Rome. The people felt the treaty had been imposed on them by their government. The treaty comes into force at midnight on December 31. The treaty has drawn criticism from opposition groups. The treaty provides for UN inspection of all countries’ weapons systems. These arrangements under the treaty apply to the whole of Europe. These methods violate international treaties. a bilateral treaty between the US and Mexico an international treaty on climate change the 1997 Kyoto climate treaty the criteria laid down in the treaty Twenty-seven countries will sign a treaty to protect the waters of the Caribbean. Under the terms of the treaty, La Rochelle was ceded to the English.
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