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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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Examples from the web for ante
  • Extreme academe, as a vision, ups the ante of such concerns.
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  • If your dog is vigorously pulling you and not responding to correction on the buckle collar, you need to up the ante a bit.
  • Sustainable features and native plants up the ante on a seamless integration of indoors and out.
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  • He got caught because he was compelled to keep upping the ante with more and more claimed accomplishments.
  • In her case, the search and destroy mission caused by her other recalcitrant itch had raised the ante.
  • At that price point you're better off upping the ante and going with a scooter.
  • Occasionally, up the ante by throwing in a cup of white vinegar.
  • Raising the ante, music publishers were interested in creating large-print music.
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).

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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

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