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 Enchanted Chapters, the north Phoenix bookstore with an inclusive-atmosphere designed to cater to people with autism and other disabilities, is closing its doors after only 10 months in business. Brieanna J. Frank, The Arizona Republic, "Enchanted Chapters, bookstore catering to disability community, closing after 10 months," 12 July 2020 This avoids the complexities of having to cater to onsite and offsite employees. Sid Sijbrandij, Wired, "Hybrid Remote Work Offers the Worst of Both Worlds," 12 July 2020 On Tuesday, the county's health officials went a step further and required everyone over the age of 5 wear a mask when indoors except at home or at a restaurant, which are only allowed to cater to 25% of their capacity. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tony Evers signals he might try to mandate face masks statewide but expects a legal challenge," 7 July 2020 One of the ways retail brokerages, which cater to armchair investors, make money is by sending their customers’ stock orders to professional trading companies. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "Robinhood is getting paid more than its rivals for stock trades," 2 July 2020 This hybrid bike has nine gears to cater the intensity of the ride to your abilities, a pressure-relieving saddle to avoid post-ride aches, and a wheel sensor that tracks your ride activity via an app, including calories burned, speed, and distance. Sara Hendricks, USA TODAY, "15 products to help you relive your childhood summers," 25 June 2020 The meeting house's new option to cater events off-site joins other establishments in the changes made to appease state guidelines. Emma Dale, Detroit Free Press, "Meeting House Grand Ballroom to cater events off-site amid COVID-19 pandemic," 18 June 2020 Luckily, there are places like the Mar del Cabo that are willing to cater to every safety need. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "You Can Rent This Entire Hotel in Cabo for $10k a Night — Here’s What It Includes," 5 July 2020 In the wake of this pandemic, companies will go out of their way to cater to the needs of seniors, leading to major changes in marketing and advertising. Quartz Staff, Quartz, "Mauro Guillén on how the pandemic is accelerating history," 30 June 2020

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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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21 Jul 2020

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“Cater.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of cater

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


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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