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Synonyms of 'treat'

(verb) 
Definition
to deal with or regard in a certain manner
He treated the customers with indifference.
Synonyms
behave towards
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deal with
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handle
She handled travel arrangements for the press corps.
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act towards
, , , ,
manage
Managing your time is increasingly important.
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regard
I regard creativity as both a gift and a skill.
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look upon
(verb) 
Definition
to attempt to cure or lessen the symptoms of (an illness or injury or a person suffering from it)
An experienced nurse treats all minor injuries.
Synonyms
take care of
,
minister to
For 44 years they had ministered to the poor and the sick.
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attend to
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give medical treatment to
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doctor (informal)
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nurse
All the years he was sick my mother had nursed him.
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care for
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medicate
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prescribe medicine for
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apply treatment to
(verb) 
Definition
to attempt to cure or lessen the symptoms of (an illness or injury or a person suffering from it)
For centuries it was used to treat indigestion.
Synonyms
cure
An operation finally cured his shin injury.
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heal
No doctor has ever healed a broken bone. They just set them.
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remedy
He's been remedying a hamstring injury.
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make better
(verb) 
Definition
to subject to a chemical or industrial process
About 70% of the area is treated with insecticide.
Synonyms
prime
They were primed and ready to execute the plan.
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process
facilities to process the beans before export
Silicon chips process electrical signals.
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prepare
It is a school's job to prepare students for university studies.
(verb) 
Definition
to provide (someone) with something as a treat
She was always treating him to ice cream.
Synonyms
,
give
That evening, I gave a dinner party for a few close friends.
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stand (informal)
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pay for
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entertain
I don't really like to entertain guests any more.
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lay on
, ,
wine and dine
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take out for
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foot or pay the bill
(verb) 
a working method for treating subjects in the theater
Synonyms
deal with
, ,
study
I invite every citizen to carefully study the document.
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cover
In this lecture, I aim to cover several topics.
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discuss
I will discuss the role of diet in cancer prevention in Chapter 7.
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review
I see that no papers have reviewed my book.
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handle
I think we should handle the story very sensitively.
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go into
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refer to
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tackle
She is quite good at DIY and wants to tackle the job herself.
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investigate
Gas officials are investigating the cause of the explosion.
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explore
The film explores the relationship between artist and instrument.
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analyse
This book teaches you to analyse causes of stress in your life.
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touch on
(verb) 
They assumed we were treating with the rebels.
Synonyms
negotiate
The president may be willing to negotiate with the democrats.
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bargain
They prefer to bargain with individual clients, for cash.
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consult
The umpires consulted quickly.
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have talks
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confer
She conferred with Hill and the others in her office.
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come to terms
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parley
Both sides indicated their readiness to parley.
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make a bargain
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make terms
(noun) 
Definition
a celebration, entertainment, gift, or meal given for or to someone and paid for by someone else
a birthday treat
Synonyms
entertainment
He organized entertainments and events for elderly people.
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feast
Lunch was a feast of meat, vegetables, cheese, and wine.
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banquet
Last night he attended a state banquet.
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(noun) 
Definition
any delightful surprise or specially pleasant occasion
He never failed to return without a special treat for them.
Synonyms
present
The vase was a wedding present.
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gift
a gift of $50,000
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luxury
We never had money for little luxuries.
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indulgence
The car is one of my few indulgences.
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delicacy
course after course of mouthwatering delicacies
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extravagance
Our only extravagance is two holidays a year.
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goodie (informal)
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titbit
She offered him titbits; a chicken drumstick, some cheese.
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little something
(noun) 
Definition
any delightful surprise or specially pleasant occasion
It's a real treat to see someone doing justice to the film.
Synonyms
pleasure
We exclaimed with pleasure when we saw them.
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delight
To my delight, the plan worked perfectly.
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joy
Salter shouted with joy.
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thrill
I remember the thrill of opening presents on Christmas morning.
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satisfaction
a state of satisfaction
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enjoyment
She ate with great enjoyment.
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gratification
Eventually they recognized him, much to his gratification.
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source of pleasure
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fun
You still have time to join in the fun.

phrasal verb

See treat of something

Additional synonyms

in the sense of analyse
Definition
to psychoanalyse (someone)
This book teaches you to analyse causes of stress in your life.
in the sense of banquet
Definition
an elaborate formal dinner often followed by speeches
Last night he attended a state banquet.
Synonyms
spread (informal),
blowout (slang),
slap-up meal (British, informal),
hakari (New Zealand)
in the sense of bargain
Definition
to negotiate the terms of an agreement or transaction
They prefer to bargain with individual clients, for cash.

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