cater for them all

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Hello everyone,

John Kavanagh describes in his book how he opened his first gym.

I had dabbled in a lot of different disciplines; now, with my own gym, I wanted to cater for them all – kickboxing, wrestling, Brazilian jiu‑jitsu, the lot.

Does "cater for them all" mean to provide conditions so that everyone in his gym could practice those fighting disciplines?

Thank you,
  • dojibear

    Senior Member
    English - US
    He wanted to cater to (serve, help) customers who were interested in each one of those things. Probably he provided not just "conditions for practive" but also training in each one.

    His grammar isn't exactly right. Normally we say "cater to" people or "cater to" people's interests or desires.


    Senior Member
    American English
    I agree that that isn't the way we would say it. In this version, he's catering for the disciplines rather than the people.

    I would say that he "wanted to offer them all" (to cater to people who are interested).
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