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Translation of tratar in English:

intransitive verb

  • 2 (obra/libro/película)tratar de or sobre algo ¿de qué trata el libro?
    what's the book about?
    la conferencia tratará sobre medicina alternativa
    the lecture will deal with or will be on the subject of alternative medicine
    the theme of the lecture will be alternative medicine
  • 3 (tener contacto, relaciones)tratar con alguien
    to deal with somebody
    en mi trabajo trato con gente de todo tipo
    in my job I deal with or come into contact with all kinds of people
    tratar con él no es nada fácil
    he's not at all easy to get on with
    prefiero tratar directamente con el fabricante
    I prefer to deal directly with the manufacturer
  • 4 (Business)tratar en algo
    to deal in something
    tratar en joyas/antigüedades
    to deal in jewels/antiques
    los mercaderes que trataban en esclavos/pieles
    the merchants who dealt or traded in slaves/furs

transitive verb

  • 2 (persona) (frecuentar) lo trataba cuando era joven
    I saw quite a lot of him when I was young
    nunca lo he tratado
    I have never had any contact with him or any dealings with him
  • 3 (tema/asunto)vamos a tratar primero los puntos de mayor urgencia
    let's deal with or discuss the more pressing issues first
    no sé cómo tratar esta cuestión
    I don't know how to deal with or handle this matter
    el libro trata la Revolución Francesa desde una óptica inusual
    the book looks at the French Revolution from an unusual angle
    esto no se puede tratar delante de los niños
    we can't discuss this in front of the children

also: tratarse pronominal verb

  • 1 (relacionarse, tener contacto) 1.1tratarse con alguienno me gusta la gente con la que se trata
    I don't like the people he mixes with
    se trata con gente de la alta sociedad
    she socializes or mixes with people from high society
    she moves in high circles
    ¿tú te tratas con los Rucabado?
    are you friendly with the Rucabados?
    1.2 (recíproco)somos parientes pero no nos tratamos
    we're related but we never see each other or we never have anything to do with each other
  • 2 (+ complemento) 2.1 (recíproco)se tratan de usted/tú
    they address each other as 'usted'/'tú'
    se tratan sin ningún respeto
    they have or show no respect for each other
    2.2 (reflexivo)
    to treat oneself
    ¡qué mal te tratas, eh! [ironic]
    you don't treat yourself badly, do you?
    you know how to look after yourself, don't you?
  • 3 (Medicine) (seguir un tratamiento)
    to have treatment
    to undergo treatment
  • 4tratarse de (en tercera persona) 4.1 (ser acerca de)
    to be about
    ¿de qué se trata?
    what's it about?
    what does it concern? [formal]
    se trata de Roy
    it's about Roy
    4.2 (ser cuestión de) se trata de arreglar la situación, no de discutir
    we're supposed to be settling things, not arguing
    si solo se trata de eso, hazlo pasar ahora
    if that's all it is or if that's all he wants, show him in now
    bueno, si se trata de echarle un vistazo nada más …
    4.3 (ser) se trata de la estrella del equipo
    we're talking about or he is the star of the team
    tratándose de usted, no creo que haya inconvenientes
    since it's for you or in your case I don't think there will be any problems
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