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verb [transitive]     treat pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participletreating
past tensetreated
past participletreated
  1. 1
    to behave towards someone in a particular way

    She felt she had been unfairly treated, and complained to her boss.

    You should treat others politely.

    treat someone with respect/kindness/contempt:

    We all treated my grandfather with the greatest respect.

    treat someone like/as something:

    I wish you would stop treating me like a child!

    treat someone like royalty (=treat someone very well):

    Guests of the family are treated like royalty.

  2. 2
    to deal with something in a particular way

    The council said that it would treat her case sympathetically.

    treat something as something:

    These payments will be treated as income.

    treat something with caution/scepticism/suspicion:

    You should treat this new evidence with caution.

    1. a.
      to discuss something by speaking or writing about it
  3. 3
    [often passive] to use medicine or medical methods to cure a patient or an illness
    treat someone for something:

    She was treated for smoke inhalation.

    treat someone/something with something:

    Patients are treated with a combination of medication and exercise.

  4. 4
    to put a substance on something in order to protect it or make it stronger
    treat something with something:

    The wood is treated with chemicals to preserve it.

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  5. 5
    to do or to buy something special for yourself or someone else
    treat yourself to something:

    She treated herself to a nice hot bubble bath.

    treat someone to something:

    Bob treated us all to dinner at an expensive restaurant.

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to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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