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 Lunch catered by Himmel’s will include salad, grilled Thuringer brat with rye bread, German potato salad, sauerkraut, soft pretzel, and German apple cake. Myrna Petlicki, chicagotribune.com, "Oktoberfest beer barrels its way into the area," 16 Sep. 2019 Kenny said the network caters to a medium market of ranchers raising 1,000 to 10,000 chickens to supply eggs and meat for restaurant and farmers markets. Ramona Sentinel, "Birding couple share tips for care and breeding of fowl," 12 Sep. 2019 Black Arrow FC founder Aaron Dolores fell in love with soccer during the 2014 World Cup but found the traditional ways of consuming the game did not cater to large portions of black people, especially in the US. Ben Church And Thomas Collins, CNN, "Famed hip-hop photographer highlights soccer's black culture," 11 Sep. 2019 Hard seltzer is an entire category born catering to the millennial sensibility. oregonlive, "White Claw reaches peak hysteria with rationing, destroys boozy gender divide," 10 Sep. 2019 While Democratic candidates catering to AAPI voters tend to appeal to progressive stances on immigration and education, the poll suggests that climate change and healthcare are top concerns. Shirley Wang, NBC News, "Asian American and Pacific Islander voters favor Biden, Sanders and Warren, according to new poll," 9 Sep. 2019 And so, catering to larger women has been slow to hit the runway, the domain of high-end brands, at NYFW or beyond. Brianna Holt, Quartz, "Plus-sized models are still underrepresented at fashion’s most important event," 6 Sep. 2019 On Friday, Super Nova, a San Antonio chain that has five locations throughout the city, still attracted a stream of customers to its West Avenue shop, but the store also caters to customers looking for CBD products, water pipes and rolling papers. Laura Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio vape shops worry about going out of business," 16 Sep. 2019 There are multiple conference rooms with catering kitchens in different sizes, including some that can accommodate over 300 people. Valerie Sweeten, Houston Chronicle, "Condo Life: Condos facilitate working from home, business needs," 14 Sep. 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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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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