verb[no object] (pander to)
- Gratify or indulge (an immoral or distasteful desire, need, or habit or a person with such a desire, etc.): newspapers are pandering to people’s baser instinctsMore example sentences
- So are cable news executives just pandering to the popular taste in order to get a bigger rating?
- She tries to hold on to as much genuine stuff as she can while pandering to fancier tastes.
- This low price should ensure a high take-up, pandering to people's desire to look good and not worry about a comfortable ride.
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- 1A pimp.More example sentences
- Fiesta also means ‘party’ in Spanish, and Trujillo's panders always tell the girls they are invited to a party.
- On her arrival in London the country wench of Michaelmas Term is immediately given the advice by her pander that ‘Virginity is no city trade’.
- Figures representing the other three terms (Trinity, Hilary and Easter) enter, leading a ‘poor’ man who is made ‘rich’ as they present him with rich apparel, a page and a pander.
- 1.1 • archaic A person who assists the baser urges or evil designs of others: the lowest panders of a venal pressMore example sentences
- Milton had no doubt that God, Divine Providence and History itself had willed that the saints prevail over the King and his Anglicans, panders and sycophants.
late Middle English (as a noun): from Pandare, the name of a character in Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde (see Pandarus). The verb dates from the early 17th century.