I am looking for a verb which is used in situations like these:

  • I got good grades and then, for example, I give my friends a piece of chocolate for my achievement.
  • When the owner of a restaurant is happy he says "The house pays"
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    You did well so you decide to treat your friends. The restaurant owner would (in Britain) say The food's on the house.
    – WS2
    Jan 26, 2015 at 18:46
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    Even in USA the drinks are on the house means the owner or bartender is treating his customers to a free drink.
    – ScotM
    Jan 26, 2015 at 22:17

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As W2 suggested, treat (to) is the simplest verb that fits:

4.0 (treat someone to)

Provide someone with (food, drink, or entertainment) at one’s own expense.

  • I got good grades, and treated my friends to a piece of chocolate for my achievement.
  • When the owner of a restaurant is happy about his success, he treats his customers to a free dessert.

Spring for is a good alternative in the USA:

5.0 North American informal Pay for:

  • If I get good grades, I'll spring for chocolate to celebrate with my friends.
  • When the owner of a restaurant is happy about his success, he springs for his customer's dessert.

pick up the tab (or check) also works in a payment situation.

  • For my achievement of good grades, I picked up my friend's tab at the pub.
  • The owner of the restaurant picked up the check for his 100th customer's meal.

It's less common, but you could also use the word regale:

1.1 Lavishly supply (someone) with food or drink:

It would probably need to be a big box of chocolate to warrant regale :-)


To stand may be used in the examples you are making:

  • Informal To treat (someone) or pay the cost of (food or drink):

    • She stood him to a drink. We'll stand dinner.
  • Wow! I've never heard that before. I assume that's a BrE thing. How common is it compared to say, "She bought him a drink." or "We'll cover/pick up dinner"?
    – Jim
    Jan 26, 2015 at 18:54
  • Well, I have always used that expression. I think it is fairly common!! Informal: books.google.com/ngrams/…
    – user66974
    Jan 26, 2015 at 19:03
  • It peaked in the 20's in AmE, late 30's in BrE.
    – Barmar
    Jan 26, 2015 at 19:28
  • Hmm, I'm not sure anyone I know would understand that (I'm a US Midwest native). Jan 26, 2015 at 19:43
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    I am not sure that even in the UK, using "stand" with something other than drinking at a bar, or maybe getting the cheque at a restaurant is very idiomatic. "I'll stand you some chocolate," seems nonsensical outside of some sort of ironic context.
    – Dmitri
    Jan 26, 2015 at 22:12

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