Meaning of cater in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkeɪtə/

See synonyms for cater on

Translate cater into Spanish


[no object]
  • 1mainly British Provide people with food and drink at a social event or other gathering.

    ‘my mother helped to cater for the party’
    • ‘I've always thought that women are better at catering and dealing with food.’
    • ‘Many of the people selling us food - in retail and in catering - are real enthusiasts.’
    • ‘We often cater at local events, specialising in Indian foods and make a sauce which is so popular that we have been asked time and time again about the possibility of buying it in the shops.’
    • ‘Links would be built between local food and tourism to maximise the use of local produce in catering and through retail outlets.’
    • ‘Some of the people who take part will be able to earn certificates in food hygiene, catering, first aid and firefighting.’
    • ‘Local produce features strongly in the menu of the food hall, which caters primarily for locals although that's not to say that it doesn't attract a steady stream of visitors in the summer months.’
    • ‘They provided catering and a television so people wouldn't miss the AFL Grand Final.’
    • ‘It is not necessary to provide catering as many visitors prefer to self cater or to partake of local cuisine.’
    • ‘The Thornhill Arms was one of the first pubs in Huddersfield are to provide catering at the time.’
    • ‘After all, her parents had been in the hotel trade and she had grown up in catering.’
    • ‘Cath has responsibility for eight function rooms at the Pier complex and also caters at Wigan council and Wigan Culture and Leisure Trust venues across the town.’
    • ‘All her previous jobs have been in catering and she was once head chef at St Gemma's Hospice in Moortown, Leeds.’
    • ‘The talented chef, who says the crash cost him his job and marriage, said he still had aspirations to pursue a career in catering.’
    • ‘Obviously, you'll only be able to invite a select number of guests but at least you won't have to worry about catering.’
    • ‘It has been a lifelong ambition to work in catering, yet over the years I stayed within the care sector as it suited my lifestyle.’
    • ‘Her new career is in catering, a far cry from the committee rooms and party politicking at City Hall in Bradford.’
    • ‘She works hard at two jobs, one in catering, the other in a nightclub, so when she has a night off she likes to let her hair down.’
    • ‘He hopes to run his own cafe one day or to enter employment in catering.’
    • ‘The contract for catering at the museum runs out on Monday and Swindon Services will not be renewing it.’
    • ‘Gillian first worked in hotel catering, then ran the Spotted Cow in Malton for seven years.’
    provide food for, feed, serve, cook for, wine and dine, regale, provide for, provision
    1. 1.1North American with object Provide food and drink for (an event)
      ‘he catered a lunch for 20 people’
      • ‘Manzo said the meals were catered lunches or dinners for the caucus on days when the Legislature was in session.’
      • ‘They said they had made a lot of arrangements to prepare submissions, organise time off for the presenters and prepare the conference room for the meeting, as well as to cater breakfast and lunch.’
      • ‘I'm in the catering business - among other things - and I will be most glad to cater your dinner or lunch or whatever.’
      • ‘Thanks to all those factors, fewer people are throwing lavish catered events or dining out at all.’
      • ‘All enjoyed a meal catered by Prater's Barbeque and musical entertainment provided by the bluegrass and gospel group, the Buck Mountain Boys.’
      • ‘In Britain the estimate is 9 billion kilos of food is wasted after catered meals and all of it is dumped.’
      • ‘Approximately 150 people attended the event, which featured a meal catered by Margaret Trusty Catering.’
      • ‘I'd grown up in an India where vegetarianism was a mainstream option, where every hotel buffet or catered dinner had ‘veg’ and ‘non-veg’ tables to graze at.’
      • ‘The jazz club also will be used as an additional room for meetings and special catered events.’
      • ‘Staff catered the meals, and everyone helped with noncooking chores.’
      • ‘The restaurant Nikolas hired to cater the dinner did a wonderful job.’
      • ‘Dinner tickets are 5,000 and include a fabulous meal catered by Chouwa, and a chance to win some great raffle prizes.’
      • ‘Twenty-one years ago White catered events to make extra money during school breaks from the University of Colorado, where she majored in journalism.’
      • ‘It's a fun job - one that requires no auditions or memorizing of lines; meals are catered and overtime pay is common.’
      • ‘The meal was catered very capably by the staff of the Downtown Hotel.’
      • ‘The solution was to make the lecture a more festive affair and include catered food and door prizes.’
      • ‘Upon hearing news of the Queen's visit, Chartwells Catering Services - which serves Sheridan College as well as St. Jerome's University - chose six of the best chefs in its employ to cater the event.’
      • ‘Green caters local parties and sells her cooking at festivals, including the Taste of Chicago and Chicago Bulls Blues Festival.’
      • ‘Inside I found a free CD, a room full of wine-sipping spectators, a soundboard ready for play, and a selection of Indian foods catered by a local restaurant.’
      • ‘The whole party is being catered and the twenty-something woman making drinks tells me she ran out of tonic an hour ago.’

Phrasal Verbs

    cater for
    mainly British
    • 1cater for someoneProvide someone with what is needed or required.

      ‘a seaside resort catering for older holidaymakers’
      • ‘the school caters for children with learning difficulties’
    • 2cater for somethingTake something into account; make allowances for something.

      ‘the scheme caters for interest rate fluctuations’
      • ‘The interest of the police is however catered for by the police being able to make a complaint to the Law Society.’
      • ‘It was in the form of a deed but the deed catered for consideration, so it took effect as a contract as well.’
      • ‘Designed in Ireland for the Irish market, it caters for all the Irish Vat schemes and is euro-compliant.’
      • ‘As I say, it is a fairly woolly sort of description, but it caters for the fact that we have other than materialistic interests in life.’
      • ‘It caters for all revenue requirements and provides what it describes as excellent features and analysis.’
      • ‘Hence, an analytical solution is required to cater to all soil type and varying site conditions.’
    cater to
    • 1cater to someoneProvide someone with what is needed or required.

      • ‘many farmers at farmers markets cater to those who buy in bulk’
    • 2cater to somethingTry to satisfy a need or demand.

      ‘he catered to her every whim’
      • ‘Over time, Indians are becoming more market savvy and catering to the demands of the American consumer.’
      • ‘The school's rising student population means that the school needs to extend in order to cater to demand.’
      • ‘A number of shops have sprung up in the city to cater to the demand for traditional ornamental furniture.’
      • ‘The number of wells in the region is not enough to cater to the demands of the residents.’
      • ‘Originally designed by Avtovaz but modified and improved by GM, the Niva caters to Russia's demand for rugged off-road vehicles.’
      • ‘Company cars account for 40 per cent of new car sales in Ireland, and catering to the demands of the corporate fleet is a growing business.’
      • ‘I am aware that there are those who contend that this bill is simply catering to the demands of a small minority.’
      • ‘Numerous schools and institutes catered to this demand - whether it was for pilots, mechanics, or engineers.’
      • ‘But as Imogen's obsession intensifies, it gets harder and harder not to grow tired of the way everyone caters to her with indulgent credulity.’
      • ‘We were soon to discover that this ‘world’ included pampering and catering to our every need and whim.’
      • ‘Housing to cater to the needs of those working here will find a demand in the region.’
      • ‘Banks have started coming up with a whole lot of new schemes to cater to the needs of a large number of people.’
      • ‘This is just a part of our varied social interests, which cater to the needs of the underprivileged sections.’
      • ‘He will want to give you a load of company guff about high-rates of customer satisfaction and a wide-ranging menu catering to differing needs.’
      • ‘The publication of several biographies of Shakespeare since the 1980s caters to the constant interest in Shakespeare.’
      • ‘He attributes his recent hits to the fact that he has taken care to cater to both these requirements.’
      • ‘There's nothing at all wrong with catering to a partner's whims - provided the partner caters to your needs and wishes, too.’
      • ‘The canine resorts are ready to cater to the whims of the most attentive owners at a cost of up to £60 a day.’
      • ‘In all, a good little system that deals well with drivers' needs on the road while also catering for fleet requirements.’
      • ‘We need modern temples to cater to the requirements of modern times.’


Late 16th century from obsolete cater ‘caterer’, from Old French acateor ‘buyer’, from acater ‘buy’ (see cate).