- 1North American Provide food and drink, typically at social events and in a professional capacity: he catered a lunch for 20 people (as adjective catered) planning another catered affairMore example sentences
- Manzo said the meals were catered lunches or dinners for the caucus on days when the Legislature was in session.
- They said they had made a lot of arrangements to prepare submissions, organise time off for the presenters and prepare the conference room for the meeting, as well as to cater breakfast and lunch.
- I'm in the catering business - among other things - and I will be most glad to cater your dinner or lunch or whatever.
- 1.1 [no object] (cater for) chiefly British Provide with food and drink in a professional capacity: my mother helped to cater for the partyMore example sentences
provide food for, feed, serve, cook for
- I've always thought that women are better at catering and dealing with food.
- Many of the people selling us food - in retail and in catering - are real enthusiasts.
- We often cater at local events, specialising in Indian foods and make a sauce which is so popular that we have been asked time and time again about the possibility of buying it in the shops.
- 1.2 [no object] (cater to) Provide with what is needed or required: the school caters to children with learning difficultiesMore example sentences
- It has since been updated with the latest equipment and a new calving unit was provided in 2002 which caters for 48 cows at a time.
- Clause 3 requires Radio New Zealand to provide programming that caters to a full range of age groups.
- It can find shoes for people up to size 18, and cater for people who require wide or narrow fittings.
- 1.3 [no object] (cater to) Try to satisfy (a particular need or demand): he catered to her every whimMore example sentences
- Over time, Indians are becoming more market savvy and catering to the demands of the American consumer.
- The school's rising student population means that the school needs to extend in order to cater to demand.
- A number of shops have sprung up in the city to cater to the demand for traditional ornamental furniture.
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- The muffin has become, in a very short time, the snack treat of choice - mainly because caterers no longer provide much of an alternative.
- The caterers arrived late and much to my chagrin had brought with them assorted finger foods that all included some kind of dipping sauce.
- Problems with caterers, florists, car hire, photographs and the wedding dress account for most of the rest of insurance claims made.
late 16th century: from obsolete cater 'caterer', from Old French acateor 'buyer', from acater 'buy' (see cate).