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cater

[ key-ter ]
/ ˈkeɪ tər /
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verb (used without object)

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.

verb (used with object)

to provide food and service for: to cater a party.

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Origin of cater

1350–1400; v. use of obsolete cater,Middle English catour, aphetic variant of acatour buyer <Anglo-French, equivalent to acat(er) to buy (see cate) + -our-or2
ca·ter·ing·ly, adverbun·ca·tered, adjectiveun·ca·ter·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cater

cater
/ (ˈkeɪtə) /

verb

(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
C16: from earlier catour purchaser, variant of acatour, from Anglo-Norman acater to buy, ultimately related to Latin acceptāre to accept
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