No, I haven’t spelt the cute black and white Chinese bear wrongly.  We have another word pronounced the same way.  This is the verb “to pander”.  It basically means acting to please someone and do what they want, even if you don’t necessarily agree.  Some even say it extends to indulging someone’s whims.

The Prime Minister is always pandering to big business and agreeing to their demands.  What about the rest of society?


Jenny knows that her mother refuses to pander to her whims so she tries her father first and he almost always panders to his darling daughter.  His latest gift to her was a new cellphone as she said her old one was already out-of-date.

You can pander to someone’s ego by saying what they want to hear.  As you will have noticed you pander to someone or something.




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