Definition of cater verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

cater

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈkeɪtə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkeɪtər//
 
[intransitive, transitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cater
BrE BrE//ˈkeɪtə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkeɪtər//
 
he / she / it caters
BrE BrE//ˈkeɪtəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkeɪtərz//
 
past simple catered
BrE BrE//ˈkeɪtəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkeɪtərd//
 
past participle catered
BrE BrE//ˈkeɪtəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkeɪtərd//
 
-ing form catering
BrE BrE//ˈkeɪtərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkeɪtərɪŋ//
 
 
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to provide food and drinks for a social event (British English) cater for somebody/something Most of our work now involves catering for weddings. (North American English) cater something Who will be catering the wedding? Word Origin late 16th cent.: from obsolete cater ‘caterer’, from Old French acateor ‘buyer’, from acater,achater ‘buy’, based on Latin captare ‘seize’, from capere ‘take’. Phrasal Verbscater for somebodycater to somebody
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