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]

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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 for caters
The hospital caters for the treatment of heart, lung and eye problems.
The island caters, almost exclusively, to scuba divers and snorkelers.
In the winter, the hospitality industry caters to workers from the oil patches.
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