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v. ca·tered, ca·ter·ing, ca·ters
1. To provide food or entertainment.
2. To be particularly attentive or solicitous; minister: The nurses catered to my every need. The legislation catered to various special interest groups.
1. To provide food service for: a business that caters banquets and weddings.
2. To attend to the wants or needs of.

[From obsolete cater, a buyer of provisions, from Middle English catour, short for acatour, from Norman French, from acater, to buy, from Vulgar Latin *accaptāre : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin captāre, to chase; see catch.]

ca′ter·er n.


(Cookery) a person who caters, esp one who as a profession provides food for large social events, etc


(ˈkeɪ tər ər)

1. a person whose business is to provide food, supplies, and service at social gatherings.
2. a person who caters.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.caterer - someone who provides food and service (as for a party)caterer - someone who provides food and service (as for a party)
provider, supplier - someone whose business is to supply a particular service or commodity
مُتَعَهِّدٌ بِتَزْويد الطّعام
élelmiszerszállítóellátásról gondoskodó cég
ikram hizmeti sunan kişikuruluş


[ˈkeɪtərəʳ] Nproveedor(a) m/f de catering


[ˈkeɪtərər] n (for party)traiteur/euse m/f; (for school, organization)fournisseur/euse m/f


n (= company)Lieferfirma ffür Speisen und Getränke; (for parties etc) → Partyservice m; (= owner, manager)Gastronom(in) m(f)


[ˈkeɪtərəʳ] nchi si occupa di catering or ristorazione


(ˈkeitə) verb
1. to provide food etc. We cater for all types of functions.
2. to supply what is needed. We cater for all educational needs.
ˈcaterer noun
ˈcatering noun
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