To provide food professionally for a special occasion.
To provide things to satisfy a person or a need, to serve.
- Did you hire someone to cater our party next week?
- I always wanted someone to cater to my every whim.
* cater for
* cater to
(obsolete) A provider; a purveyor; a caterer.
(obsolete) To cut diagonally.
(in the plural) A delicacy or item of food.
* 1590s , (William Shakespeare), The Taming of the Shrew , First Folio 1623, Act I:
* 1603 , (John Florio), translating Michel de Montaigne, Folio Society 2006, vol. 1 p. 101:
- Kate of Kate-hall, my super-daintie Kate, / For dainties are all Kates , and therefore Kate / Take this of me, Kate of my consolation [...].
* 1820 , (John Keats), The Eve of St. Agnes , l. 172-3:
- Have we not heard of divers most fertile regions, plenteously yeelding al maner of necessary victuals, where neverthelesse the most ordinary cates and daintiest dishes, were but bread, water-cresses, and water?
* 1985 , (Anthony Burgess), Kingdom of the Wicked :
- All cates and dainties shall be storèd there / Quickly on this feast-night
- He did not at first produce the cates and vintages they expected; they looked, most of them, puzzled at the lack of materials of revelry.