- 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 followed by to or for): to cater to popular demand; to cater to an invalid.
- to provide food and service for: to cater a party.
Origin of cater
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Examples from the Web for catering
Gift cards are sold at kiosks in shopping malls or even websites that catering to this exchange market.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks
December 19, 2014
They have been catering to these reckless elements in the Tea Party and hurting themselves in a general election.Democrats March on the South to Hold Senate Majority in 2014
October 31, 2013
(And the catering was delicious) Beautiful couture dresses and sunshine is a winning combination.Models and Their Mothers
October 9, 2013
If the thinking was that catering to the younger set would help to win more viewers, the network was grossly mistaken.
But catering expressly to either group would be, as the Academy Awards producers have learned, a huge mistake.
The very thought of catering to such appetites disgusted Gallatin.Albert Gallatin
John Austin Stevens
“Yes; but I vote we do something in the catering line first,” was the answer.The Three Midshipmen
He was catering for a gourmet in Furneaux, and rose to the requisite height.The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley
He knew her independence of thought and action; it brooked no catering for favors.Flamsted quarries
Mary E. Waller
They were worn out with centuries of catering to themselves.The Crossing
- the trade of a professional caterer
- the food, etc, provided at a function by a caterer
- (intr; foll by for or to) to provide what is required or desired (for)to cater for a need; cater to your tastes
- (when intr, foll by for) to provide food, services, etc (for)we cater for parties; to cater a banquet
Word Origin and History for catering
"provide food for," c.1600, from Middle English catour (n.) "buyer of provisions" (c.1400; late 13c. as a surname), a shortening of Anglo-French achatour "buyer" (Old North French acatour, Old French achatour, 13c., Modern French acheteur), from Old French achater "to buy," originally "to buy provisions," perhaps from Vulgar Latin *accaptare, from Latin ad- "to" + captare "to take, hold," frequentative of capere "to take" (see capable).
Or else from Vulgar Latin *accapitare "to add to one's capital," with second element from verbal stem of Latin caput (genitive capitis); see capital (adj.). Figuratively from 1650s. Related: Catered; catering.