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Old French[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]


From Latin trāctare (to pull", "to manage), from the past participle stem of trahere (to draw", "to pull).



  1. to treat (behave a certain way towards someone or something)
  2. to deal with (a subject)
    • circa 1120, Philippe de Taon, Bestiaire, line 790:
      N'en voil ore plus traiter, altre vol cumencer
      I don't want to deal with it anymore, I want to start another one


This verb conjugates as a first-group verb ending in -er. The forms that would normally end in *-ts, *-tt are modified to z, t. Old French conjugation varies significantly by date and by region. The following conjugation should be treated as a guide.


  • French: traiter
  • English: treat