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Webster 1913 Edition


Cater

Ca′ter

,
Noun.
[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.

Ca′ter

,
Verb.
I.
[
imp. & p. p.
Catered
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Catering
.]
[From
Cater
,
Noun.
]
1.
To provide food; to buy, procure, or prepare provisions.
[He] providently
caters
for the sparrow.
Shakespeare
2.
By extension: To supply what is needed or desired, at theatrical or musical entertainments; – followed by for or to.

Ca′ter

,
Noun.
[F.
quatre
four.]
The four of cards or dice.

Ca′ter

,
Verb.
T.
To cut diagonally.
[Obs.]
Halliwell.

Webster 1828 Edition


Cater

CATER

,
Verb.
I.
To provide food; to buy or procure provisions; followed by for; as, to cater for the sparrow.

CATER

,
Noun.
A provider. [See Caterer.]

CATER

,
Noun.
The four of cards or dice; so written for Fr. quatre.

Definition 2022


Cater

Cater

See also: cater and catèr

Old English

Proper noun

Cater ?

  1. A male given name

cater

cater

See also: Cater and catèr

English

Pronunciation

Verb

cater (third-person singular simple present caters, present participle catering, simple past and past participle catered)

  1. (transitive) To provide food professionally for a special occasion.
    Did you hire someone to cater our party next week?
  2. (transitive, often with to) To provide things to satisfy a person or a need, to serve.
    I always wanted someone to cater to my every whim.
Derived terms
Translations

Noun

cater (plural caters)

  1. (obsolete) A provider; a purveyor; a caterer.

Etymology 2

Verb

cater (third-person singular simple present caters, present participle catering, simple past and past participle catered)

  1. (obsolete) To cut diagonally.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Halliwell to this entry?)

Etymology 3

French quatre (four).

Alternative forms

Noun

cater (plural caters)

  1. (card games, dice games) The four of cards or dice.
Translations

Anagrams


Ladin

Ladin cardinal numbers
 <  3 4 5  > 
    Cardinal : cater
    Ordinal : cuart

Etymology

From Latin quattuor.

Adjective

cater

  1. four

Noun

cater m (uncountable)

  1. four