cater

verb
ca·​ter | \ ˈkā-tər How to pronounce cater (audio) \
catered; catering; caters

Definition of cater

intransitive verb

1 : to provide a supply of food cater for a large party
2 : to supply what is required or desired catering to middle-class tastes

transitive verb

: to provide food and service for catered the banquet

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Other Words from cater

caterer \ ˈkā-​tər-​ər How to pronounce caterer (audio) \ noun

Examples of cater in a Sentence

The restaurant caters for parties. A local restaurant catered the banquet. The awards ceremony will be a catered event.
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Recent Examples on the Web Postmark in Clifton closed as a restaurant but will continue to operate as an event and catering space Alternative: Brad Bernstein's other restaurant, Red Feather in Oakley. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati restaurants that said goodbye in 2019," 8 Jan. 2020 In March, Disney World Resorts began catering to would-be sirens like me. Laura Studarus, Marie Claire, "I Attended Disney World’s Mermaid School," 2 Jan. 2020 In general, around 50 dinars a day, or $35, is budgeted per detainee for food and other essentials for all centers, according to two Libyan officials, two owners of food catering companies and an international aid worker. Maggie Michael, Washington Post, "European money spawns more misery for migrants in Libya," 31 Dec. 2019 Airplane food is made at catering facilities at or near airports, usually by one of a group of large firms that contract with airlines. NBC News, "Airline catering workers in Phoenix say food is getting too hot on the tarmac," 28 Dec. 2019 The app offers late-night hours and caters mainly to customers around Case Western, often delivering to students studying late. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "Delivery-based dining apps change up Northeast Ohio food scene," 27 Dec. 2019 Grateful Guest Dear Grateful: Many hosts tip their catering staff independently — or the catering company will add on a service charge to be distributed to the catering staff. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Spouse’s solo wanders leave others to wonder," 22 Dec. 2019 Grateful Guest: Many hosts tip their catering staff independently — or the catering company will add on a service charge to be distributed to the catering staff. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, "Ask Amy: Spouse’s solo wanders leave others to wonder," 22 Dec. 2019 Grateful Guest Dear Grateful: Many hosts tip their catering staff independently – or the catering company will add on a service charge to be distributed to the catering staff. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Spouse’s solo trips invite queries," 22 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of cater

1580, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for cater

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

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The first known use of cater was in 1580

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11 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cater.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cater. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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More Definitions for cater

cater

verb
How to pronounce cater (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of cater

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

cater

verb
ca·​ter | \ ˈkā-tər How to pronounce cater (audio) \
catered; catering

Kids Definition of cater

1 : to provide a supply of food cater for parties
2 : to supply what is needed or wanted

Other Words from cater

caterer noun

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