from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To provide food or entertainment.
  • intransitive v. To be particularly attentive or solicitous; minister: The nurses catered to my every need. The legislation catered to various special interest groups.
  • transitive v. To provide food service for: a business that caters banquets and weddings.
  • transitive v. To attend to the wants or needs of.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To provide food professionally for a special occasion.
  • v. To provide things to satisfy a person or a need, to serve.
  • n. A provider; a purveyor; a caterer.
  • v. To cut diagonally.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A provider; a purveyor; a caterer.
  • n. The four of cards or dice.
  • intransitive v. To provide food; to buy, procure, or prepare provisions.
  • intransitive v. By extension: To supply what is needed or desired, at theatrical or musical entertainments; -- followed by for or to.
  • transitive v. To cut diagonally.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make provision, as of food, entertainment, etc.; act as a purveyor: as, to cater to a depraved appetite.
  • To cut diagonally.
  • n. A caterer; a purveyor; an acater.
  • n. The four-spot of cards or dice.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. supply food ready to eat; for parties and banquets
  • v. give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance


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.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English catour ("buyer"), from Old English acatour, from Old French achater ("to buy, to purchase") (Wiktionary)


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