Definition of pander in English:


Line breaks: pan¦der
Pronunciation: /ˈpandə


[no object] (pander to)
  • Gratify or indulge (an immoral or distasteful desire or taste or a person with such a desire or taste): newspapers are pandering to people’s baser instincts
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    • 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.
    indulge, gratify, satisfy, cater to, give in to, fulfil, yield to, bow to, humour, please, accommodate, comply with, go along with


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  • 1A pimp.
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    • 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 immoral desires or evil designs of others: the lowest panders of a venal press
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    • 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.

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