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Definition of treatment noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] treatment (for something) something that is done to cure an illness or injury, or to make someone look and feel good He is receiving treatment for shock. She is responding well to treatment. to require hospital/medical treatment There are various treatments available for this condition. Guests at the health spa receive a range of beauty treatments.
  2. 2[uncountable] a way of behaving toward or dealing with a person or thing the brutal treatment of political prisoners Certain areas of the city have been singled out for special treatment.
  3. 3[uncountable, countable] a way of dealing with or discussing a subject, work of art, etc. Shakespeare's treatment of madness in “King Lear”
  4. 4[uncountable, countable] a process by which something is cleaned, or protected against something a sewage treatment plant treatment for something an effective treatment for dry rot
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