treat

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treat is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
treat

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Verb[change]

Plain form
treat

Third-person singular
treats

Past tense
treated

Past participle
treated

Present participle
treating

  1. (transitive) If you treat someone in a certain way, you act that way towards them.
    I hate it when my teacher treats me like a child.
    He always treated her badly. No wonder she left him!
  2. (transitive) If you treat an illness or injury, you do things to make it better.
    The doctor couldn't treat my finger until he saw the X-ray.
    After the accident 29 people were treated in hospital for minor injuries.
  3. (transitive) If you treat something, you put something on it or do something to it protect or clean it.
    The woods was treated with chemicals before being made into paper.

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Noun[change]

Singular
treat

Plural
treats

  1. A treat is something nice that you don't get often.
    The occasional trip to a swimming pool is a real treat for most families.
    The children had a speical treat of ice cream and cake.