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 So rather than trying to compete with Google directly, Microsoft is perhaps wisely shifting Bing from a general-purpose engine to one focused on catering to businesses. Michelle Cheng, Quartz at Work, "Microsoft is repositioning Bing as a company search engine," 5 Nov. 2019 The new location is a perfect fit for the community, with an emphasis on catering to families and their everyday needs. Roy Kent, Houston Chronicle, "VillaSport Athletic Club and Spa to open in 2020 in Cinco Ranch," 31 Oct. 2019 Libra was being billed as a future rival to the greenback, a blockchain innovation that would promote financial inclusion by catering to the daily needs of billions of people. Andy Mukherjee | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Libra Retreat Would Bring Joy and Relief to Asia," 23 Oct. 2019 Lawmakers and health experts have blamed unscrupulous doctors for catering to anti-vaccine or vaccine-hesitant parents with bogus exemptions, often charging hefty fees. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Anti-vaccine doctor charged with gross negligence over bogus exemptions," 23 Oct. 2019 Nearly four years ago, Uber approached them about catering to their office. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "The Larry founders find success by bringing food and beverage options to downtown Phoenix’s Warehouse District," 20 Oct. 2019 In addition to Sulian, a host of other companies are looking to tap into China’s nascent fake-meat market by catering to local tastes. Jane Li, Quartz, "From “pork belly” to “beef jerky,” artificial-meat makers target Chinese palates," 17 Oct. 2019 What Sean McDermott and his offensive coordinator, Brian Daboll, must figure out is how to accommodate Allen’s youthful flaws without catering to them. Andy Benoit,, "How Reliable Is Josh Allen and the Bills’ Offense?," 3 Oct. 2019 The hotel is part lodging, part social club and 100 percent focused on catering to a certain type of hard-charging, outdoor enthusiast. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Hottest New Hotel Openings of Fall 2019," 1 Oct. 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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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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