Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


He receives me graciously enough, and treats me with politeness.

And so Mr. Wiseacre treats almost every thing that makes its appearance.

It will treat you as it treats the Saint of your pool, San Francesco.

She treats us real nicely now, but that's because we don't interfere.

Treats on the every style and make of rifle as well as their use.

If he's good to your relations you don't care how he treats you.

He treats me like a kept-woman—all with the utmost good-nature.

Someone, perhaps, who treats you worse than your grandfather does.

But Charley treats us as if we were human beings like herself.

You know why she hates me, and understand why she treats me so abominably?


c.1300, "negotiate, bargain, deal with," from Old French traiter (12c.), from Latin tractare "manage, handle, deal with," originally "drag about," frequentative of trahere (past participle tractus) "to pull, draw" (see tract (n.1)). Meaning "to entertain with food and drink by way of compliment or kindness (or bribery)" is recorded from c.1500. Sense of "deal with in speech or writing" (early 14c.) led to the use in medicine (1781), "to attempt to heal or cure." Related: Treated; treating.