cater to (someone or something)

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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. © 2015 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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I invoke your consideration of the scene--the marble-topped tables, the range of leather-upholstered wall seats, the gay company, the ladies dressed in demi-state toilets, speaking in an exquisite visible chorus of taste, economy, opulence or art; the sedulous and largess-loving garcons , the music wisely catering to all with its raids upon the composers; the melange of talk and laughter--and, if you will, the Wurzburger in the tall glass cones that bend to your lips as a ripe cherry sways on its branch to the beak of a robber jay.
He added: "Elsewhere, it is also vital that the industry thinks long term and capitalises on the new level of interest we are seeing in catering to bring forward new staff and develop their potential.
For on-premise catering to be successful, the caterer must know how many people can be comfortably seated in their facility.