verb (used without object)
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.
verb (used with object)
to provide food and service for: to cater a party.

1350–1400; v. use of obsolete cater, Middle English catour, aphetic variant of acatour buyer < Anglo-French, equivalent to acat(er) to buy (see cate) + -our -or2

cateringly, adverb
uncatered, adjective
uncatering, adjective

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

catering (ˈkeɪtərɪŋ)
1.  the trade of a professional caterer
2.  the food, etc, provided at a function by a caterer

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Word Origin & History

1600, from M.E. catour (n.) "buyer of provisions" (c.1400), aphetic for Anglo-Fr. achatour (O.N.Fr. acatour), from O.Fr. achater "to buy," orig. "to buy provisions," perhaps from V.L. *accaptare, from L. ad- "to" + captare "to take, hold," freq. of capere "to take" (see
capable). Or else from V.L. *accapitare "to add to one's capital," from verbal stem of L. caput (gen. capitis). See capital.
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Example sentences
These book companies are selling out to the rest of the country by catering to
We were planning on catering the event and had no idea of a headcount.
Catering to their every whim and desire because they are giving this feedback
  is a whole other thing.
Vast network of small, local establishments catering to tourists.
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