Definition of treatment in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtrētmənt/


1The manner in which someone behaves toward or deals with someone or something: the directive required equal treatment for men and women
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  • This made it difficult if not impossible to move in any other direction than towards ever more draconian treatment of prisoners.
  • For me the ban, when implemented, will represent a step towards a more humane treatment of wild animals.
  • The latter doesn't imply justice at all: It does not advocate the equal treatment of people.
behavior toward, conduct toward;
handling of, dealings with, management of
1.1Medical care given to a patient for an illness or injury: I’m receiving treatment for an injured shoulder
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  • The medical treatment for all patients remained unchanged throughout the study.
  • In effect he found that feeding via intravenous drip constitutes medical treatment, not palliative care.
  • In Japan, the country's National Health Scheme takes total care of medical treatment for heart problems.
medical care, therapy, nursing, ministrations;
medication, drugs, medicaments;
cure, remedy
1.2A session of medical care or the administration of a dose of medicine: the patient was given repeated treatments as required
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  • Nine winners will be chosen who will all receive health and beauty treatments.
  • You can spend your days however you like: soaking up the sun on deck, enjoying a beauty treatment or working out in the gym.
  • If you want to get into beauty treatments, have pedicures, because all your ills go to your feet.
1.3The use of a chemical, physical, or biological agent to preserve or give particular properties to something: the treatment of hazardous waste is particularly expensive
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  • The treatment process physically and chemically binds the CCA to the inside of the wood fibers.
  • The provision of clean water and proper sewage treatment systems depends on the electrical system.
  • Six years ago his company had been sending waste laboratory chemicals for treatment at Waste Control.
1.4The presentation or discussion of a subject: analysis of the treatment of women in her painting
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  • The volume is a thorough but ultimately formulaic treatment of a subject handled in several previous books.
  • In this area he led the symbolic treatment of the subject.
  • There is of course no treatment, discussion or consideration in the guides themselves of overlap.
discussion, handling, investigation, exploration, consideration, study, analysis, critique;
approach, methodology
1.5 (the full treatment) informal Used to indicate that something is done enthusiastically, vigorously, or to an extreme degree: I gave them the full treatment, and they were just falling over themselves
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  • Some staff made all the ladies up - painted their nails, made sure they were nicely dressed and gave them the full treatment.
  • I can't wait for him to come to Scarborough to give him the full treatment.
  • ‘That guy's going to get the full treatment,’ said the senior officer.

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Syllabification: treat·ment

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