Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “pander to sb/sth”

pander to sb/sth

disapproving phrasal verb with pander     /ˈpæn.dər/ US  /-dɚ/ verb
to do or provide exactly what a person or group wants, especially when it is not acceptable, reasonable, or approved of, usually in order to get some personal advantage: It's not good the way she panders to his every whim. Political leaders almost inevitably pander to big business.Backing, supporting and defendingDefending and protectingTreating someone well
(Definition of pander to sb/sth from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of pander to sb/sth

Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Backing, supporting & defending, but you might be interested in these topics from the Expressing agreement & support topic area:

Translations of “pander to sb/sth”

Word of the Day

neighbourly

friendly or helpful

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More