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

1. a person whose business is to provide food, supplies, and service at social gatherings.
2. a person who caters.
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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
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[ˈkeɪtərəʳ] Nproveedor(a) m/f de catering
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[ˈkeɪtərər] n (for party)traiteur/euse m/f; (for school, organization)fournisseur/euse m/f
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n (= company)Lieferfirma ffür Speisen und Getränke; (for parties etc) → Partyservice m; (= owner, manager)Gastronom(in) m(f)
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[ˈkeɪtərəʳ] nchi si occupa di catering or ristorazione
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(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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References in classic literature ?
A caterer's thrifty concession to the universal passion for irresponsibility.
The big wholesale supply houses, the caterers for his hotels, and all the crowd that incessantly demanded to be paid, had their hot half-hours with him.
Such caterers as the meat-packers, who were among the first to realize what Bell had made possible, have greatly accelerated the wheels of their business by inter-city conversations.
The owners, who officiate as caterers for the voyage, supply the larder with an abundance of dainties.
Wells, the lawyer, and the other two I don't think I remember, sir--oh, yes, one was to Ross's, the caterers in Tadminster.
'No DCE or MCE has the right to engage any caterer on contract under [the] school feeding [programme].
Tampa, FL, June 28, 2019 --( To throw a great party, you need an incredible venue and an exceptional caterer. Now celebrating two years of partnership, Catering By The Family (CBTF) and The Duke Energy Center for the Arts - Mahaffey Theater are working together to serve up unforgettable experiences.
State auditors said the caterer for the maximum security compound Mang Kiko Catering Services complied with the provisions of the contract except for the buffer stock requirement.
It's the final chance to nominate yourself or someone else for a Caterer Middle East Award 2019.
All you need do is hire a caterer that can offer an assortment of menus that match your budget and your appetite.
This means your caterer hasn't run afoul of your state's department of health (not today, ptomaine) and also carries insurance.