- (intr; followed by for or to) to provide what is required or desired (for)
- when intr, followed by for: to provide food, services, etc (for): we cater for parties, to cater a banquet
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- 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.
- to provide or supply what is needed or gives pleasure, etc.:[~ + to + object]She caters to her children.
- to provide food, service, etc., as for a party or wedding:to cater for a banquet.
- 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.
- to provide food and service for:to cater a party.
- 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.