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Treat (verb neuter)

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To Treat. v.n. [traiter, Fr. trahtian, Saxon.]

  1. To discourse; to make discussions.

    Of love they treat till th' ev'ning star appear'd. Milton.

    Absence, what the poets call death in love, has given occasion to beautiful complaints in those authors who have treated of this passion in verse. Addison's Spect.

  2. To practise negotiation.

    The king treated with them. 2 Mac. xiii. 22.

  3. To come to terms of accommodation.

    Inform us, will the emp'ror treat? Swift.

  4. To make gratuitous entertainments.

Sources: The Bible - 2. Maccabees (14) · Addison, Joseph (408) · Milton, John (449) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

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