verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of cater
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|M.L. Nestel|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|David Freedlander|October 31, 2013|DAILY BEAST
(And the catering was delicious) Beautiful couture dresses and sunshine is a winning combination.
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.
On that day he was responsible for the dinner,—the cooking, catering, buying and serving.Days of the Discoverers|L. Lamprey
It could be a private business empire, catering to the financial future of the minister, his cronies and his relatives.After the Rain|Sam Vaknin
He admitted the insatiable public thirst for soda-water, but saw no reason why Susan should waste herself in catering to it.The Book of Susan|Lee Wilson Dodd
It was my supper-time, and she was feeding me according to the New Thought method of catering.The Autobiography of Methuselah|John Kendrick Bangs
In the matter of catering for her guests Mrs. Bindle had nothing to learn.Mrs. Bindle|Hebert Jenkins
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.