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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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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.
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Nicholas offered an array of samples just before Thanksgiving and again before Christmas to demonstrate the kind of catered goodies available to customers.