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.
to provide food and service for:
to cater a party.
So instead of the fans, Summerville attempts to cater to her director, her cast and, primarily, herself.
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Department stores opened to cater to an increasingly powerful middle class that no longer felt shy about displaying its wealth.
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Gambling in Macau is often set in HKD instead of the local Pataca, and businesses that cater to visitors accept Hong Kong Dollars.
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The company is launching a straight version this week (code name: Amicus) that will cater to heteros.
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And there will always be wealthy clients and as such, there will always be designers happy to cater to their desires.
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She does not handle quantities sufficient or cater for consumers enough to gain large knowledge of her business.
The home Charlotte Perkins Gilman
If he could cater for a month, no expense should be grudged; as for the future, he thrust it from his mind.
The Young Duke Benjamin Disraeli
Our little friends prefer shelter to warmth, so cater to their taste in the placing of their drinking pool.
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When dealing with childish persons you have to cater to their whims.
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I saw cities and gardens built in triumph to cater for the gratification of every sense.
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(intransitive; 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
“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.
(formerly) a freebooter or marauder of the Scottish Highlands. Historical Examples The kern or cateran of the Highlands was a light-armed infantryman, as opposed to the heavy-armed “gallowglass.” Lady of the Lake Sir Walter Scott I would give them as short a shrift as ever a Highland cateran got from a Glasgow judge. The Mystery […]
diagonal. diagonally. adjective, adverb (US & Canadian, informal) diagonally placed; diagonal Also catty-cornered, kitty-cornered
diagonal. diagonally. Historical Examples Well, it is off the left-hand side, kind of cater-cornered across from our building. Warren Commission (3 of 26): Hearings Vol. III (of 15) The President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy I was hurty from head to toe and back again, and crosswise and cater-cornered. “Speaking of Operations–” Irvin […]
one whose business is to provide food, supplies, and sometimes service at social gatherings. one who caters. Contemporary Examples “Right now you got a grocery store,” said the caterer, Frank Pernice. The Studio 54 of Sex Jon Hart April 6, 2009 How about forcing a Muslim caterer to work a pork barbeque dinner? Fringe Factor: […]