verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of cater
Examples from the Web for cater
And you can expect designers and retailers to cater to them too.
Department stores opened to cater to an increasingly powerful middle class that no longer felt shy about displaying its wealth.
American field kitchens arrived with everything to cater to the raw hunger of battle, including ice cream machines.
Of course, sites like Homeaway have been around since 2005, but they cater to a second home clientele.Is Crowdsourced Labor the Future of Middle Class Employment?|Sarah Kunst|March 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Gambling in Macau is often set in HKD instead of the local Pataca, and businesses that cater to visitors accept Hong Kong Dollars.
The dinner is all we can cater for—there's accidentals anent every affair, and they are beyont us, as a rule.A Reconstructed Marriage|Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
If you be head of Briggs and Cater you will come to give an edict to one of your firm.If|Lord Dunsany [Dunsany, Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, Baron]
I guess wed better arrange a new code before the game, Cater.Full-Back Foster|Ralph Henry Barbour
This forces the estate manager to cater to his workers, and to build up an organization that will hold together.All About Coffee|William H. Ukers
The directress of the hospital sent her own cook from her chateau to cater for Mr. Atkins.The White Road to Verdun|Kathleen Burke
Word Origin for cater
"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.