provide, supply (food, etc.); care for
\ca"ter\ (?), n. [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.] a provider; a purveyor; a caterer. [obs.]cater
\ca"ter\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. catered (?); p. pr. & vb. n. catering.] [from cater, n.] 1.
to provide food; to buy, procure, or prepare provisions. [he] providently caters for the sparrow. 2.
by extension: to supply what is needed or desired, at theatrical or musical entertainments; -- followed by for or to.cater
\ca"ter\, n. [f. quatre four.] the four of cards or dice.cater
\ca"ter\, v. t. to cut diagonally. [obs.]cater
provide what is desired or needed, esp. support, food or sustenance; "the hostess provided lunch for all the guests" [syn: provide, supply, ply] 2.
supply food ready to eat; for parties and banquets
The name Cater is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Great Britain. The name was taken on by someone who worked as a caterer. The surname Cater was official name, "the cater", derived from the Old French ale catour, a little meaning a buyer of groceries for the gentleman's house. They were in charge of maintaining provisions in minors and castles. The cater's job assumed a great importance during extended sieges of his lord's castle, which could last for years.
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1. provide what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance; "The hostess provided lunch for all the guests"
(synonym) provide, supply, ply
2. supply food ready to eat; for parties and banquets
(hypernym) provide, supply, ply
To cut diagonally.
To provide food; to buy, procure, or prepare provisions.
The four of cards or dice.
By extension: To supply what is needed or desired, at theatrical or musical entertainments; -- followed by for or to.
A provider; a purveyor; a caterer.
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