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cater to (someone or something)

1. To assist or provide something to a person or business. As a personal assistant, I cater to busy professionals who need help managing their lives.
2. To give special treatment or consideration to someone, perhaps to an excessive degree. They're our biggest account, so we usually end up catering to them to make sure they're completely satisfied with the service. My sister has been catering to my every whim ever since I caught her sneaking in past curfew.
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cater to someone or something

1. Lit. to provide for or care for someone or something. I believe that we can cater to you in this matter. Our company caters to larger firms that do not wish to maintain a service department.
2. Fig. to provide special or favorable treatment for someone or something. I'm sorry, but I cannot cater to you and not to the others. We do not have the time to cater to special requests.
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On-campus requests for catered events can be held seven days a week, 24-hours a day, and range from such locations as individual classrooms to faculty clubs, renovated historical locations, and open-air functions.
Casinelli 1700, one of only three five-star restaurants in Arkansas, has a banquet facility upstairs in the restaurant for catered events.
Catered meals are always followed up by cobbler or cookies, and there's nothing like a tall, cold pitcher of iced tea or lemonade to top it off.
NACE's 3,500 members are responsible for a $19 billion market in catering and special events management for the leading hotels, casinos, restaurants, business and country clubs, institutions, off-premise and venue based caterers as well as 2,000 firms involved in providing services and products for catered events.
According to Campanella, the right staff is critical to the success of a catered event, particularly when your clientele consists largely of celebrities who combine discerning tastes with concerns about privacy.
LJCC estimates that this event will demand catered service to 2,000-3,000 people each day for the 5-day duration.
When was the last time your in-flight meals tasted like they were catered by a gourmet restaurant?
Glorious Food also has catered opening night festivities for the Metropolitan Opera and a luncheon for the President of the United States.