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ca·ter

 (kā′tər)
v. ca·tered, ca·ter·ing, ca·ters
v.intr.
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.
v.tr.
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.

cater

(ˈkeɪtə)
vb
1. (intr; foll by for or to) to provide what is required or desired (for): to cater for a need; to cater to your tastes.
2. (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]

ca•ter

(ˈkeɪ tər)

v.i.
1. to provide food, service, etc., as for a party or wedding.
2. to provide or supply what is needed or gives pleasure, comfort, etc. (usu. fol. by to or for): to cater to popular demand.
v.t.
3. to provide food and service for: to cater a reception.
[1350–1400; v. use of obsolete cater, Middle English catour, aph. variant of acatour buyer < Anglo-French, =acat(er) to buy (see cate) + -our -or2]

cater


Past participle: catered
Gerund: catering

Imperative
cater
cater
Present
I cater
you cater
he/she/it caters
we cater
you cater
they cater
Preterite
I catered
you catered
he/she/it catered
we catered
you catered
they catered
Present Continuous
I am catering
you are catering
he/she/it is catering
we are catering
you are catering
they are catering
Present Perfect
I have catered
you have catered
he/she/it has catered
we have catered
you have catered
they have catered
Past Continuous
I was catering
you were catering
he/she/it was catering
we were catering
you were catering
they were catering
Past Perfect
I had catered
you had catered
he/she/it had catered
we had catered
you had catered
they had catered
Future
I will cater
you will cater
he/she/it will cater
we will cater
you will cater
they will cater
Future Perfect
I will have catered
you will have catered
he/she/it will have catered
we will have catered
you will have catered
they will have catered
Future Continuous
I will be catering
you will be catering
he/she/it will be catering
we will be catering
you will be catering
they will be catering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been catering
you have been catering
he/she/it has been catering
we have been catering
you have been catering
they have been catering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been catering
you will have been catering
he/she/it will have been catering
we will have been catering
you will have been catering
they will have been catering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been catering
you had been catering
he/she/it had been catering
we had been catering
you had been catering
they had been catering
Conditional
I would cater
you would cater
he/she/it would cater
we would cater
you would cater
they would cater
Past Conditional
I would have catered
you would have catered
he/she/it would have catered
we would have catered
you would have catered
they would have catered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.cater - give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance; "The hostess provided lunch for all the guests"
staff - provide with staff; "This position is not always staffed"
drench - force to drink
regale, treat - provide with choice or abundant food or drink; "Don't worry about the expensive wine--I'm treating"; "She treated her houseguests with good food every night"
board - provide food and lodging (for); "The old lady is boarding three men"
feed, give - give food to; "Feed the starving children in India"; "don't give the child this tough meat"
feed - serve as food for; be the food for; "This dish feeds six"
dish, dish up, serve up, dish out, serve - provide (usually but not necessarily food); "We serve meals for the homeless"; "She dished out the soup at 8 P.M."; "The entertainers served up a lively show"
cater - supply food ready to eat; for parties and banquets
pimp, procure, pander - arrange for sexual partners for others
help, serve - help to some food; help with food or drink; "I served him three times, and after that he helped himself"
power - supply the force or power for the functioning of; "The gasoline powers the engines"
feed - provide as food; "Feed the guests the nuts"
pander, gratify, indulge - yield (to); give satisfaction to
underlay - provide with a base, support, lining, or backing; "underlay the boards with joists"
fulfil, fulfill, satisfy, meet, fill - fill or meet a want or need
horse - provide with a horse or horses
shower - provide abundantly with; "He showered her with presents"
accommodate - provide with something desired or needed; "Can you accommodate me with a rental car?"
nourish, nurture, sustain - provide with nourishment; "We sustained ourselves on bread and water"; "This kind of food is not nourishing for young children"
fix up - find (something or someone) for; "I'll fix you up with a nice girl"
gutter - provide with gutters; "gutter the buildings"
give - transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody; "I gave her my money"; "can you give me lessons?"; "She gave the children lots of love and tender loving care"
2.cater - supply food ready to eat; for parties and banquets
cater, ply, provide, supply - give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance; "The hostess provided lunch for all the guests"

cater

verb
cater for something or someone
1. provide for, supply, provision, purvey, victual Thirty restaurants and hotels catered for the event.
2. take into account, consider, bear in mind, make allowance for, have regard for We have to cater for the demands of the marketplace.
cater to something or someone indulge, spoil, minister to, pamper, gratify, pander to, coddle, mollycoddle His parents spoil him and cater to his every whim.

cater

verb
1. To treat with indulgence and often overtender care:
2. To comply with the wishes or ideas of (another):
Translations
يُزَوِّدُ بالحاجِيّاتيُزَوِّدُ بالطَّعام
dodávatobstarávatzásobovatzásobovat potravinami
levere madentilgodese
ottaa huomioon
sjá fyrir mat og öîrum veitingumsjá um òaî sem òarf
maisto tiekėjastenkintitiekti maistąviešas maitinimas
piegādātrūpētiessagādāt
ikram hizmeti yapmakkarşılamaksağlamak

cater

[ˈkeɪtəʳ] VI
1. (= provide food) → proveer de comida (for a)
2. (fig) to cater for or > to (US) → atender a, ofrecer (sus) servicios a
we cater for group bookings (Brit) → nos ocupamos de las reservas de grupos
to cater for or > to sb's needs (US) → atender las necesidades de algn
to cater for or > to all tastes (US) → atender a todos los gustos
this magazine caters for or > to the under-21's (US) → esta revista está dirigida a gente por debajo de los 21 años

cater

[ˈkeɪtər] vi (= provide food) → préparer des repas
cater for
vt fus (British)
(= provide food at) [+ function, event] → préparer des repas pour
[+ needs] → satisfaire, pourvoir à
[+ readers, consumers, age group] → s'adresser à, pourvoir aux besoins de

cater

vi (= provide food)die Speisen und Getränke liefern

cater

[ˈkeɪtəʳ]
1. vi (provide food) → provvedere alla ristorazione
2. vt (esp Am) (wedding, party) → provvedere ai rinfreschi per
cater for vi + prep (Brit) (wedding, party) → provvedere ai rinfreschi per; (needs) → provvedere a; (readers, consumers) → incontrare i gusti di
cater to vi + prep (Brit) (whims, demands) → soddisfare

cater

(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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