cater

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See also: Cater and catèr

English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English catour (buyer), from acatour, from Old French achater (to buy, to purchase).

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Verb[edit]

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.
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Noun[edit]

cater (plural caters)

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

Etymology 2[edit]

Verb[edit]

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[edit]

French quatre (four).

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Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

cater (plural caters)

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

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for cater in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)

Anagrams[edit]


Ladin[edit]

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

Etymology[edit]

From Latin quattuor.

Adjective[edit]

cater

  1. four

Noun[edit]

cater m (uncountable)

  1. four

Middle Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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Noun[edit]

cāter m

  1. tomcat

Inflection[edit]

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Further reading[edit]

  • cater”, in Vroegmiddelnederlands Woordenboek, 2000
  • cater (I)”, in Middelnederlandsch Woordenboek, 1929