cater


ca·ter

verb \ˈkā-tər\

: to provide food and drinks at a party, meeting, etc., especially as a job

Full Definition of CATER

intransitive verb
1
:  to provide a supply of food
2
:  to supply what is required or desired <catering to middle-class tastes>
transitive verb
:  to provide food and service for <catered the banquet>
ca·ter·er \-tər-ər\ noun

Examples of CATER

  1. The restaurant caters for parties.
  2. A local restaurant catered the banquet.
  3. The awards ceremony will be a catered event.

Origin of CATER

obsolete cater buyer of provisions, from Middle English catour, short for acatour, from Anglo-French, from acater to buy — more at cate
First Known Use: 1580

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