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tratar
transitive verb
1. to treat (comportarse con) (persona, objeto)
  • ¿qué tal te trataron? how were you treated?
2. to have dealings o contact with (tener relación con)
  • la traté muy poco I didn't have much to do with her
3. (dirigirse a)
  • tratar a alguien de usted/tú = to address somebody using the “usted” form/ the “tú” form
  • tratar a alguien de cretino/tonto to call somebody a cretin/an idiot
4. to treat (tema, asunto)
  • eso lo tienes que tratar con el jefe that's something you'll have to discuss with the boss
5. to treat (paciente, enfermedad)
6. to treat (agua, sustancia, alimento)
7. to process (computing) (datos, información)
intransitive verb
8. (versar)
  • tratar de o sobre to be about
  • ¿de qué trata el documental? what's the documentary about o on?
9. (intentar)
  • tratar de hacer algo to try to do something
10. (tener relación)
  • tratar con alguien to mix with somebody, to have dealings with somebody
11. to deal (comerciar) (en in)
tratarse
pronominal verb
1. (relacionarse)
  • tratarse con to mix with, to have dealings with
  • no se trata con su padre he has no contact with his father
2. (versar)
  • tratarse de to be about
  • ¿de qué se trata? what's it about?
3. (ser cuestión de, ser el caso de)
  • tratarse de to be a question o matter of
  • necesito hablar contigo — ¿de qué se trata? I need to talk to you — what about?
tratar
transitive verb
1 [+persona, animal, objeto] to treat
su novio la trata muy mal her boyfriend treats her very badly; hay que tratar a los animales con cariño animals should be given plenty of affection; animals should be treated lovingly; te dejo la cámara, pero trátala bien I'll let you have the camera, but be careful with it o treat it carefully
hay que tratar los libros con cuidado
la vida la ha tratado muy bien life has been very kind to her; life has treated her very well
la tratan muy bien la tratan muy bien en esa pensión los trata a todos con muy poca ceremonia
este asunto debe ser tratado con cuidado this matter should be handled carefully
tratar a algn de loco to treat sb like a madman
tratar a algn a patadas to treat sb like dirt
2 (llamar)
¿cómo le tenemos que tratar cuando nos hable? how should we address him when he speaks to us?
tratar a algn de algo to call sb sth
tratar a algn de vago to call sb a layabout; tratar a algn de tú/usted to address sb as "tú"/"usted"
3 (relacionarse con)
tratar [a] algn
tratar a algn: ya no lo trato I no longer have any dealings with him; lo trato solo desde hace seis meses I have only known him for six months; me cae bien, pero no la he tratado mucho I like her, but I haven't had a lot to do with her
4 (Med) [+paciente, enfermedad] to treat
me están tratando con un nuevo fármaco I'm being treated with a new drug; le trataron la neumonía con antibióticos they treated the pneumonia with antibiotics; ¿qué médico te está tratando? which doctor is giving you treatment?
5 [+tejido, madera, residuos] to treat
el agua se ha tratado con cloro the water has been treated with chlorine
6 (discutir) [+tema] to deal with; [+acuerdo, paz] to negotiate
trataremos este tema en la reunión we'll deal with this subject in the meeting; este asunto tiene que tratarlo directamente con el director you'll have to speak directly with the manager about this matter
7 (Informática) to process
intransitive verb
1
tratar de [+libro] to be about; deal with; [+personas] to talk about; discuss
este libro trata de las leyendas épicas
la película trata de un adolescente en Nueva York the film is about a teenager in New York; ahora van a tratar del programa they're going to talk about o discuss the programme now
2 (intentar)
tratar de hacer algo to try to do sth
trataré de llegar pronto I'll try to arrive early; trata de no ser demasiado estricto con él try not to be too strict with him
tratar de que
trataré de que esta sea la última vez I'll try to make sure that this is the last time; trata por todos los medios de que el trabajo esté acabado para mañana try and do whatever you can to make sure that the job is done by tomorrow
3 (relacionarse)
tratar con algn
los geólogo trata con rocas
trato con todo tipo de gente I deal with all sorts of people; no tratamos con traidores we don't have dealings with traitors; no había tratado con personas de esa clase I had not previously come into contact with people like that; para tratar con animales hay que tener mucha paciencia you have to be very patient when dealing with animals; es muy difícil tratar con el enemigo it is not at all easy to have dealings with the enemy
4 (Com)
tratar con o en algo to deal in sth
tratar en joyas
trataban con o en pieles they dealt in furs; they were involved in the fur trade
pronominal verb
tratarse
1 (cuidarse) to look after o.s.
ahora se trata con mucho cuidado he looks after himself very carefully now; no se trata nada mal el chico he certainly looks after himself all right
2 (relacionarse)
tratarse con algn to have dealings with sb
hace tiempo que no me trato con ellos it is a while since I've had any dealings o had anything to do with them; se trató con gente rica she mixed with wealthy people
3 (hablarse) to address each other
¿cómo nos tenemos que tratar? how should we address each other?; no se tratan desde hace tiempo they haven't been speaking (to each other) for some time
tratarse de
se tratan de usted they address each other as "usted"; ¿aquí nos tratamos de tú o de usted? are we on "tú" or "usted" terms here?
4
tratarse de algo
(ser acerca de) to be about sth
se trata de la nueva piscina it's about the new pool; ¿de qué se trata? what's it about?
(ser cuestión de)
se trata de aplazarlo un mes it's a question of putting it off for a month; se trata sencillamente de que rellenéis este formulario all you have to do is fill in this form
(ser)
ahora bien, tratándose de ti ... now, seeing as it's you ...; si no se trata más que de eso if there's no more to it than that; if that's all it is; se tratará de su primera visita a Colombia it will be her first visit to Colombia
Verb Conjugations for tratar
Gerund: tratando
Participle: tratado
Indicative
PresentPreteritImperfectConditionalFuture
yotratotratétratabatrataríatrataré
tratastratastetratabastrataríastratarás
él/ella/Ud.tratatratótratabatrataríatratará
nosotrostratamostratamostratábamostrataríamostrataremos
vosotrostratáistratasteistratabaistrataríaistrataréis
ellos/ellas/Uds.tratantratarontratabantrataríantratarán
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