Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CATERING

The very thought of catering to such appetites disgusted Gallatin.

“Yes; but I vote we do something in the catering line first,” was the answer.

He was catering for a gourmet in Furneaux, and rose to the requisite height.

He knew her independence of thought and action; it brooked no catering for favors.

They were worn out with centuries of catering to themselves.

And yet here he was catering to luxury, providing religion for it!

He seems always to be catering as much to his own enjoyment as to that of the public.

It'll be lovely; but how are we going to manage the catering department?

After some time he found that the editor was catering too freely for the Dons.

As for myself, what excuse have I had for catering to the gambling instinct?

WORD ORIGIN

"provide food for," c.1600, from Middle English catour (n.) "buyer of provisions" (c.1400; late 13c. as a surname), a shortening of Anglo-French achatour "buyer" (Old North French acatour, Old French achatour, 13c., Modern French acheteur), from Old French achater "to buy," originally "to buy provisions," perhaps from Vulgar Latin *accaptare, from Latin ad- "to" + captare "to take, hold," frequentative of capere "to take" (see capable).

Or else from Vulgar Latin *accapitare "to add to one's capital," with second element from verbal stem of Latin caput (genitive capitis); see capital (adj.). Figuratively from 1650s. Related: Catered; catering.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR CATERING

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.