cater

verb ca·ter \ ˈkā-tər \
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

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

caterer

play \-tər-ər\ noun

Examples of cater in a Sentence

  1. The restaurant caters for parties.

  2. A local restaurant catered the banquet.

  3. The awards ceremony will be a catered event.

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Origin and Etymology of cater

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



CATER Defined for English Language Learners

cater

verb

Definition of cater for English Language Learners

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


CATER Defined for Kids

cater

verb ca·ter \ ˈkā-tər \

Definition of cater for Students

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

caterer

noun


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