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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
ca•ter /ˈkeɪtɚ/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. to provide food, etc., such as for a party or wedding: [no object]a new company, catering for private parties.[+ object]The company agreed to cater the reception.
  2. to provide or supply what is needed or gives pleasure, etc.:[+ to + object]She caters to her children.
cat•er•er, n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
ca•ter  (kātər),USA pronunciation v.i. 
  1. to provide food, service, etc., as for a party or wedding:to cater for a banquet.
  2. to provide or supply what amuses, is desired, or gives pleasure, comfort, etc. (usually fol. by to or for):to cater to popular demand; to cater to an invalid.

v.t. 
  1. to provide food and service for:to cater a party.
cater•ing•ly, adv. 
  • Anglo-French, equivalent. to acat(er) to buy (see cate) + -our -or2
  • verb, verbal use of obsolete cater, Middle English catour, aphetic variant of acatour buyer 1350–1400
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged humor, indulge, please.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
cater /ˈkeɪtə/ vb
  1. (intr; followed by for or to) to provide what is required or desired (for)
  2. when intr, followed by for: to provide food, services, etc (for): we cater for parties, to cater a banquet
Etymology: 16th Century: from earlier catour purchaser, variant of acatour, from Anglo-Norman acater to buy, ultimately related to Latin acceptāre to accept
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