treat-v; 6 Senses

Sense Number 1: behave toward, regard someone/something as

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP[agent] TREAT NP ADVP[manner]
NOTE: Compare to sense 2--this sense includes an agentive subject. Implies a behavior, not a negotiation (see sense 6).

They treat him just like family.
Customers complained they were not being treated fairly.
Jane needs to start treating herself better.
We need to treat the new guy as befits his position as the team leader.
They agree that the visitor must be treated as a government official.
It's wrong to treat animals as if they had no feelings.
The police are treating it as a serious offense.
You must treat winnings as ordinary earned income on the tax form.
The manager is treating the mistake as a useful learning experience for her staff.
I treat remarks like that with the contempt that they deserve.
She treats her subject matter with authority and a scholar's eye
for detail.

VerbNet: characterize-29.2
FrameNet: Communicate_categorization,Topic
PropBank: treat.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 8

Sense Number 2: handle, expound

Commentary: Syntax Includes: NP1[-animate] TREAT NP2[topic] (ADVP[manner])
NOTE: This sense includes inanimate subjects only. This sense focuses on scholarly or artistic material.

In this film an old theme is treated with fresh insights and
This book treats the history of China.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: treat.05
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4

Sense Number 3: regale with a gift, reward

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1[agent] TREAT NP[beneficiary] PP{to NP}

Mark is treating tonight.
The whole class was treated to ice cream sundaes.
Last night the audience was treated to an extraordinary performance of Swan Lake.
On the plane we were treated to a crying baby for six hours.

VerbNet: equip-13.4.2-1
FrameNet: Giving
PropBank: treat.02
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 5, 6

Sense Number 4: subject to a process (includes chemical)

Commentary: Syntax Includes: NP1[agent] TREAT NP2[patient] PP
NOTE: does not necessarily imply the process is beneficial.

Her hair was brittle and dry from being treated repeatedly with peroxide.
The metal is first treated with acid.
Mary won't buy fruit that is treated with insecticides.
Betty treats her wooden floors with a natural oil about twice a year.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: Processing_materials
PropBank: treat.04
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 5: provide (medical) care for

Commentary: Syntax Includes: NP1[agent] TREAT NP2[patient] (PP)
NOTE: implies the process is beneficial or intended to be so.

She is being treated at St. Mary's Hospital.
These plants may be useful in treating cancer.
The doctor treated the wound with an antiseptic.
The fisherman was treated for hypothermia and released.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: Cure
PropBank: treat.03
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 6: negotiate, do business with

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1[actor] TREAT with NP2[actor]

He refuses to treat with terrorists.
They treat directly with their customers.
The Duke must treat with the King in this matter.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 7