What does cater mean?

Definitions for cater
ˈkeɪ tərcater

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word cater.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. provide, supply, ply, caterverb

    give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance

    "The hostess provided lunch for all the guests"

  2. caterverb

    supply food ready to eat; for parties and banquets


  1. caternoun

    A provider; a purveyor; a caterer.

  2. caterverb

    To provide food professionally for a special occasion.

    Did you hire someone to cater our party next week?

  3. caterverb

    To provide things to satisfy a person or a need, to serve.

    I always wanted someone to cater to my every whim.

  4. Etymology: From catour, from acatour, from achater

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Caternoun

    Provider; collector of provisions, or victuals.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    The oysters dredged in this Lyner, find a welcomer acceptance, where the taste is cater for the stomach, than those of the Tamar. Richard Carew, Survey of Cornwal.

  2. Caternoun

    The four of cards and dice.

    Etymology: from the verb.

  3. To Caterverb

    To provide food; to buy in victuals.

    Etymology: from cates.

    He that doth the ravens feed,
    Yea providently caters for the sparrow,
    Be comfort to my age. William Shakespeare, As you like it.


  1. cater

    Cater refers to the act of providing food and drink, typically at social events and in a professional capacity. It can also mean to provide for or supply what is needed or desired, often in terms of service or support.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Caternoun

    a provider; a purveyor; a caterer

  2. Caternoun

    to provide food; to buy, procure, or prepare provisions

  3. Caternoun

    by extension: To supply what is needed or desired, at theatrical or musical entertainments; -- followed by for or to

  4. Caternoun

    the four of cards or dice

  5. Caterverb

    to cut diagonally

  6. Etymology: [OE. catour purchaser, caterer, OF. acator, fr. acater, F. acheter, to buy, provide, fr. LL. accaptare; L. ad + captare to strive, to seize, intens, of capere to take, seize. Cf. Acater, Capacious.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cater

    kā′tėr, v.i. to provide food, entertainment, &c. (with for).—ns. Cā′terer; Cā′teress; Cā′tering. [Lit. to act as a cater, the word being orig. a substantive, and spelled catour, an aphetised form of acater, acatour. See Acater.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. CATER

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Cater is ranked #8419 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Cater surname appeared 3,926 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Cater.

    75.6% or 2,970 total occurrences were White.
    17.6% or 693 total occurrences were Black.
    2.7% or 107 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.1% or 85 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.4% or 55 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.4% or 16 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'cater' in Verbs Frequency: #771

Anagrams for cater »

  1. react

  2. trace

  3. carte

  4. crate

  5. creta

  6. caret

  7. creat

  8. recta

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cater in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cater in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of cater in a Sentence

  1. Dali Yang:

    For the Chinese leadership, they have a domestic audience they need to cater to too.

  2. Steven Englander:

    But in the end, you want to ask yourself, does bitcoin hold promise of making certain transactions efficient? The answer is yes, does it cater to any market niche that is not already being taken care of? I am more skeptical.

  3. Alex Wiley:

    We cater to the guys that want something that’s so unique that nobody else is going to have it.

  4. Kakadu Tourism chair Rick Allert:

    The whole area has really come of age, but we could cater for thousands more visitors, it’s a huge area, and less than three hours drive from Darwin.

  5. Vincent Thielke:

    Apple Watches cater to a much broader consumer base, including young customers and gadget lovers, for these groups, it may be more important to adopt a smartwatch for technological or health reasons rather than because of an appreciation for' timeless timepieces.'.

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Translations for cater

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  • cateraje, atender, abastecerSpanish
  • ottaa huomioonFinnish
  • पूराHindi
  • approvvigionareItalian
  • угождать, обслуживать, потворствовать, обеспечиватьRussian
  • பூர்த்திTamil

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    an outward semblance that misrepresents the true nature of something
    A ransom
    B disguise
    C rogue
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