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VERB (2)

1. give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance;
- Example: "The hostess provided lunch for all the guests"
[syn: provide, supply, ply, cater]

2. supply food ready to eat; for parties and banquets;


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Cater \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.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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. [1913 Webster] [He] providently caters for the sparrow. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. By extension: To supply what is needed or desired, at theatrical or musical entertainments; -- followed by for or to. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Cater \Ca"ter\, n. [F. quatre four.] The four of cards or dice. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Cater \Ca"ter\, v. t. To cut diagonally. [Obs.] --Halliwell. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

cater v 1: give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance; "The hostess provided lunch for all the guests" [syn: provide, supply, ply, cater] 2: supply food ready to eat; for parties and banquets
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

28 Moby Thesaurus words for "cater": baby, bunker, coal, coddle, cosset, dance attendance on, feed, fill up, forage, fuel, gas, gas up, humor, indulge, minister to, mollycoddle, oil, pamper, pander to, provender, provide, provision, purvey, sell, serve, spoil, top off, victual