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[an-tee] /ˈæn ti/
Poker. a fixed but arbitrary stake put into the pot by each player before the deal.
an amount of money paid in advance to insure an individual's share in a joint business venture.
Informal. an individual's share of the total expenses incurred by a group.
Informal. the price or cost of something.
verb (used with object), anted or anteed, anteing.
Poker. to put (one's initial stake) into the pot.
to produce or pay (one's share) (usually followed by up):
He anted up his half of the bill.
verb (used without object), anted or anteed, anteing.
Poker. to put one's initial stake into the pot.
Informal. to pay (usually followed by up).
Origin of ante
1830-40, Americanism; independent use of ante-
Can be confused
ante, ante-, anti-, auntie.


a prefix meaning “before,” used in the formation of compound words:
anteroom; antebellum; antedate.
< Latin, prefixal form of preposition and adv. ante (see ancient1); akin to Greek antí, Old English and- against, toward, opposite. See answer, and, anti-
Can be confused
ante, ante-, anti-, auntie.

vide ante

[wee-de ahn-te; English vahy-dee an-tee, vee-] /ˈwi dɛ ˈɑn tɛ; English ˈvaɪ di ˈæn ti, ˈvi-/
see before (used especially to refer a reader to parts of a text). Unabridged
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  • Human life does not occur in a vacuum, nor is nature a mere stage setting for the enactment of its drama (ante, p. 211).

  • I confess that, when I beheld you in the ante room, I blushed for my past forgetfulness.

    Calderon The Courtier Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • These he watched for a time and noticed that the pots were quite large for the ante involved.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
  • These books contain the record kept by the Kirm-ul-Ktibn, (ante p. 141).

    The Faith of Islam Edward Sell
  • The dominant feature of the social and economic life of the South of ante bellum days was the plantation.

British Dictionary definitions for ante


the gaming stake put up before the deal in poker by the players
(informal) a sum of money representing a person's share, as in a syndicate
(informal) up the ante, to increase the costs, risks, or considerations involved in taking an action or reaching a conclusion: whenever they reached their goal, they upped the ante by setting more complex challenges for themselves
verb -tes, -teing, -ted, -teed
to place (one's stake) in poker
(usually foll by up) (informal, mainly US) to pay


before in time or position; previous to; in front of: antedate, antechamber
Word Origin
from Latin
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Word Origin and History for ante

1838 (n.), 1846 (v.), American English poker slang, apparently from Latin ante "before," from PIE *anti "facing opposite, near, in front of, before" (cf. Sanskrit antah "end, border, boundary," Hittite hanti "opposite," Greek anta, anten "opposite," anti "over against, opposite, before;" Old Lithuanian anta "on to;" Gothic anda "along;" Old English and- "against;" German ent- "along, against"), from root *ant- "front, forehead."


word-forming element meaning "before, in front of; previous, existing beforehand; introductory to," from Latin ante (prep. and adv.) "before, in front of, opposite," used in combinations, from PIE *anti "facing opposite, near, in front of, before" (see ante).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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ante in Medicine

ante- pref.

  1. Prior to; earlier: antenatal.

  2. In front of; before: antebrachium.

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Slang definitions & phrases for ante


Related Terms

penny ante, up the ante

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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