cater

To cater means to supply food for meetings or celebrations. If you're having a big barbecue party but would rather hang out with your friends than grill, you could pay someone to cater it.

In Middle English, the food supply in a big household was known as the cates, and so to cater meant keeping the pantry full. These days, caterers don't do pantries. They cook food for many different households or offices. Cater has also come to mean "giving what is desired or needed." You might cater to your grandfather by bringing him tea, reading to him, and laughing at his bad jokes.

Definitions of cater
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v give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance

Synonyms:
ply, provide, supply
Types:
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staff
provide with staff
drench
force to drink
regale, treat
provide with choice or abundant food or drink
board
provide food and lodging (for)
feed, give
give food to
feed
serve as food for; be the food for
dish, dish out, dish up, serve, serve up
provide (usually but not necessarily food)
help, serve
help to some food; help with food or drink
power
supply the force or power for the functioning of
feed
provide as food
gratify, indulge, pander
yield (to); give satisfaction to
underlay
provide with a base, support, lining, or backing
fill, fulfil, fulfill, meet, satisfy
fill or meet a want or need
horse
provide with a horse or horses
shower
provide abundantly with
accommodate
provide with something desired or needed
nourish, nurture, sustain
provide with nourishment
fix up
find (something or someone) for
gutter
provide with gutters
humor, humour
put into a good mood
man
provide with workers
dine
give dinner to; host for dinner
wine
treat to wine
alcoholize
subject to the influence of alcohol
live in, sleep in
live in the house where one works
scavenge
feed on carrion or refuse
fodder
give fodder (to domesticated animals)
slop, swill
feed pigs
regurgitate
feed through the beak by regurgitating previously swallowed food
corn
feed (cattle) with corn
malnourish, undernourish
provide with insufficient quality or quantity of nourishment
overfeed
feed excessively
spoonfeed
feed with a spoon
force-feed
feed someone who will not or cannot eat
plank
cook and serve on a plank
drive
cause to function by supplying the force or power for or by controlling
feast, feed
gratify
spree
engage without restraint in an activity and indulge, as when shopping
answer
be satisfactory for; meet the requirements of or serve the purpose of
remount
provide with fresh horses
lunch
provide a midday meal for
breakfast
provide breakfast for
breastfeed, give suck, lactate, nurse, suck, suckle, wet-nurse
give suck to
bottlefeed
feed (infants) with a bottle
sow one's oats, sow one's wild oats
live promiscuously and self-indulgently
appease, quell, stay
overcome or allay
inject
feed intravenously
carry
be able to feed
feed on, feed upon
be sustained by
allay, assuage, quench, slake
satisfy (thirst)
aliment, nourish, nutrify
give nourishment to
range
let eat
crop, graze, pasture
let feed in a field or pasture or meadow
Type of:
give
transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody

v supply food ready to eat; for parties and banquets

Type of:
ply, provide, supply
give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance