cates

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See also: catés

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Compare acates, and see cater.

Noun[edit]

cates pl (plural only)

  1. (archaic) Provisions; food; viands; especially, luxurious food; delicacies; dainties.
    • a. 1597, Shakespeare, William, Henry IV, Part 1, act 3, scene 1, lines 155–158:
      I had rather live / With cheese and garlic in a windmill, far, / Than feed on cates and have him talk to me / In any summer house in Christendom.
    • 1764, Churchill, Charles, The Times:
      Hath any rival glutton got the start, / And beat him in his own luxurious art; / Bought cates for which Apicius could not pay, / Or drest old dainties in a newer way?
    • 1855, Browning, Robert, “Instans Tyrannus”, in Men and Women, lines 19–22:
      I tempted his blood and his flesh, / Hid in roses my mesh, / Choicest cates and the flagon's best spilth— / Still he kept to his filth!

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Asturian[edit]

Verb[edit]

cates

  1. second-person singular present indicative of catar
  2. second-person singular present subjunctive of catar

Portuguese[edit]

Verb[edit]

cates

  1. Second-person singular (tu) present subjunctive of catar
  2. Second-person singular (tu) negative imperative of catar

Spanish[edit]

Verb[edit]

cates

  1. Informal second-person singular () present subjunctive form of catar.