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cater

  

      vb  
1    intr; foll by: for or to   to provide what is required or desired (for)  
to cater for a need, cater to your tastes     
2    when intr, foll by: for   to provide food, services, etc. (for)  
we cater for parties, to cater a banquet     
     (C16: from earlier catour purchaser, variant of acatour, from Anglo-Norman acater to buy, ultimately related to Latin acceptare to accept)  


cater-cornered  
      adj  
      adv     (U.S. and Canadian)  
informal   diagonally placed; diagonal,   (Also)    catty-cornered, kitty-cornered  
     (C16 cater, from dialect cater (adv) diagonally, from obsolete cater (n) four-spot of dice, from Old French quatre four, from Latin quattuor)  
cater-cousin  
      n  
Archaic   a close friend  
     (C16: perhaps from obsolete cater caterer; for sense, compare foster, as in foster brother, etc.)  
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cater

  
  
furnish, outfit, provide, provision, purvey, supply, victual  


cater to     
coddle, fawn on, feed, gratify, humour, indulge, minister to, mollycoddle, pamper, pander to, spoil  

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