The Spanish Acatar (meaning “to follow, obey, respect”) comes from the Latin captare, meaning “to capture, take hold of”. From that root, we get a few English words, including:
- Capture — surprise, surprise.
- Capable — if you’re capable, you take hold of the solutions!
- Captive — if you’re captive, someone else has taken hold of you!
- Cater — the caterer is literally the person who takes hold of the food for you.
The c-(p)t root is visible in all, although the -p- in the -pt- has been lost in a few variations.