\ \ [16] Cater is related to French acheterbuy’, and originally meant ‘buy provisions’. It comes ultimately from Vulgar Latin *accaptāre, a compound verb formed from the Latin prefix ad- ‘to’ and the verb captāretry to seize’ (source of English catch and chase). This provided the basis for the Anglo-Norman agent noun acatourbuyer, purveyor’, which gave English the now obsolete acater. Losing its a-, this became cater, which until the early 17th century was the word for what we would now call a ‘caterer’. At around the same time cater began to be used as a verb; the first known example of this is in Shakespeare’s As You Like It II, iii: ‘He that doth the ravens feed, yea providently caters for the sparrow’.

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