Middle English, article of purchased food, short for acate, from Anglo-French acat, achat purchase, from acater, achater to buy, from Vulgar Latin *accaptare, from Latin acceptare to accept
15th century, in the meaning defined above
“Cate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cate. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.
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