Middle English Dictionary Entry

trēten v.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

1a.
(a) To engage in negotiations, seek a settlement of differences; also, act as a mediator [quot. 1411]; discuss terms (of a peace, an alliance, a marriage, etc.);—also in fig. context; ~ of; ~ oute of, refl. negotiate oneself out of (sth. rightful), lose by imprudent negotiating; (b) to conduct business (with sb.), arrange a deal; (c) to conduct legal procedures, plead in court; ~ for dettes, arrange the settling of (a testator's) debts; (d) to negotiate (a peace, an alliance, a marriage contract, settlement, etc.), arrange.
1b.
(a) To engage in formal debate, discussion, etc. for the purpose of settling a dispute, arriving at a common decision, etc.; meet in council on a pressing issue; also, with inf.: reach an agreement (to do sth.) through a formal discussion or council [occas. difficult to distinguish from sense 4.(a)]; ~ of (upon); (b) to address (a dispute, a question of policy, etc.) in a formal discussion, council, etc., air (an issue) in a public forum, bring up (a matter) for debate, hear (a case) in court, Parliament, etc.
2a.
(a) To deal with (a tangible object) physically, touch, handle; ~ ivele, damage (a structure), deface; (b) to manipulate or work (soil); also, work (dung) into the soil; also, ?work (an earthen floor) evenly, level; ~ licour on, pour water on (a transplant), irrigate; (c) ?to work with (metal objects), craft, fashion [could also be construed as sense 4.(d)].
2b.
(a) To do something (about sth.), deal definitively (with sth.); (b) ?to deal out (money), manage; (c) ~ in-to hond, to assume control over (land), bring (territory) under (one's) rule; (d) ?to manage (battles), carry on (warfare); also, ?carry out (a function proper to someone), exercise.
2c.
Med. To deal with (wounds, morbid conditions) medically, treat.
3.
(a) To conduct oneself, behave in a certain way, act; ~ of, ?engage in (idle behavior); ?talk about (sth. foolish); ~ with, have dealings with (sb.), have to do or deal with; (b) to deal with (sb.), behave in a specified way toward, treat; (c) to manage (sb.), govern, direct; influence (sb.), persuade; induce or influence (sb. to sth.); also, ?bring (sb.) under one's control [quot. ?1425]; esi for to ~ and to be treted, amenable to reason or moral suasion, tractable;—used of Wisdom in metonymy.
4.
(a) To consider a question or problem intellectually; engage in consideration (of sth.); also, engage in informal or private discussion (about sth.); ~ of; (b) to conceive a plan (for sth.), countenance the doing (of an act); also, envision the future [1st quot.]; (c) to consider (a question, problem, etc.) intellectually, give thought to; also, bring up (a matter) for examination, put forth (an idea, example, etc.) for discussion; (d) to contrive (an evil design), consider (the doing of wicked acts); plot (someone's death); also, ordain (that sth. should be the case), establish; ~ in word, threaten (an action).
5.
(a) To discourse on a subject in writing; lecture, sermonize; also, offer a scholarly examination (of a topic), present a literary treatment (of a story, theme, etc.), set forth an academic discussion (of an issue); give an account (of sth.), give (to sb.) instruction (on sth.); encompass the subject (of sth.); ~ of (towardes, upon); (b) in impers. constructions: hit) shal ben treted of, hit is to ben treted of, is treted of, = (a); (c) to treat (a subject, theme, etc.) in writing, discourse on, expound; also, ?issue pronouncements on (a matter) [2nd quot.]; (d) ?to deliver a discourse to (an audience), address formally.
6.
(a) To make an entreaty, plead; also, pray for aid; (b) ~ with, to plead with (sb. to do sth.), entreat; (c) to ask (sb. to do sth., sb. that he do sth.), request, entreat; urge (sb.), exhort, press; also, ask (sb.) to do something [last quot.].

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • c1475(c1450) ?Scrope Mirror World (Bod 283) 3594 : Bodyly, man is a mansleer whan be his dede or be his tretyce man is treted to dethe.
Note: Sense here is 'drawn', not recorded in MED treten (v.). Per editor: cf. Godefroy s.v. traitier v. New sense.