AskDefine | Define cater

Dictionary Definition



1 provide what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance; "The hostess provided lunch for all the guests" [syn: provide, supply, ply]
2 supply food ready to eat; for parties and banquets

User Contributed Dictionary

see Cater




  1. To provide food professionally for a special occasion.
    Did you hire someone to cater our party next week?
  2. In the context of "transitive|often with to": To provide things to satisfy a person or a need, to serve.
    I always wanted someone to cater to my every whim.


to provide food professionally for a special occasion
provide things to satisfy a person or a need, to serve

Derived terms


  1. A provider; a purveyor; a caterer.

Extensive Definition

Cater is a surname, and may refer to:
Cater also refers to the name of a European Project:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

baby, bunker, coal, coddle, cosset, dance attendance on, feed, fill up, forage, fuel, gas, gas up, humor, indulge, minister to, mollycoddle, oil, pamper, pander to, provender, provide, provision, purvey, sell, serve, spoil, top off, victual
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