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Definition to pretend to agree with someone to make them happy


to or help fulfill the wishes of another while thinking those wishes are not for the best

More rarely, pander may refer to the legal crime of selling obscene or pornographic material — as in:  "She was charged with pandering pornography."
  • Don't pander me.
pander = pretend to agree with
  • The politician pandered to the extremists to win the primary.
  • She panders to her manager's every whim.
  • She's better at pandering to the crowd than she is at enlightening an audience.
  • Who spoiled her, then? Ah, who indeed?
    Who pandered to her every need?
    Roald Dahl  --  Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
  • pandered = fulfilled wishes
  • Its vanished trees, the trees that had made way for Gatsby's house, had once pandered in whispers to the last and greatest of all human dreams; for a transitory enchanted moment man must have held his breath in the presence of this continent, compelled into an aesthetic contemplation he neither understood nor desired, face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to his capacity for wonder.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • pandered = helped fulfill the wishes
  • For a detailed history, see St. Alia, Huntress of a Billion Worlds by Pander Oulson.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • In response to the Professor's question, Phaedrus gives Socrates' answer that cookery is a branch of pandering.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • I was sitting next to a woman who was on trial for murder, and Judge Green was politicking as usual, pandering shamelessly to the jurors.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • She was worried, worried that I would think less of her for pandering to the whimsy of some paranoid lordling.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • And then there's something dirtier still—the people who pander to that curiosity.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • I was in no mood to pander to the tender sensibilities of administrators who needed to flex their biceps for my benefit.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • She's catering, she's pandering to white ideas about scary blacks.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • It would only be fitting for a Clave diluted by corruption and pandering to find itself infiltrated by half-breed degenerates.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • She was candid with these lobbyists, avoiding anything like preaching or pandering.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • She can go and find a pander somewhere else.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • And you propose to pander to that?
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • A real enemy wouldn't soften his blows, and neither will I. Should I pander to your .... incompetence so you'll feel better?
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Lord Lucas bore that bat, the Pander, and Manfryd o' the Black Hood, his son.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • "He is a smuggler and a slaver, half pirate and half pander, but it may be that he is your best hope," the innkeep had told them.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons

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