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Treat (noun)

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Treat. n.s. [from the verb.]

  1. An entertainment given.

    This is the ceremony of my fate;
    A parting treat, and I'm to die in state.

    He pretends a great concern for his country, and insight into matters: now such professions, when recommended by a treat, dispose an audience to hear reason. Collier.

    What tender maid but must a victim fall
    For one man's treat, but for another's ball?

  2. Something given at an entertainment.

    Dry figs and grapes, and wrinkled dates were set,
    In canisters t' enlarge the little treat.

    The King of gods revolving in his mind
    Lycaon's guilt and his inhuman treat.

Sources: Collier, Jeremy (24) · Dryden, John (788) · Pope, Alexander (393)

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