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Topic: FOOD

Date: 1500-1600
Origin: cater 'someone who provides food, caterer' (14-17 centuries), from Anglo-French acatour, from Old North French acater 'to buy'

cater

verb
     
ca‧ter [intransitive and transitive]
DFB to provide and serve food and drinks at a party, meeting etc, usually as a business
cater for
This is the biggest event we've ever catered for.
Joan has catered functions for up to 200 people.

cater for somebody/something

phrasal verb
to provide a particular group of people with the things they need or want:
an LA bank catering to Asian businesses
Vegetarians are well catered for.
Most perfume ads cater to male fantasies.
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