|1.||the gaming stake put up before the deal in poker by the players|
|2.||informal a sum of money representing a person's share, as in a syndicate|
|3.||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|
|—vb , -tes, -teing, -ted, -teed|
|4.||to place (one's stake) in poker|
|5.||informal chiefly (US) (|
Prior to; earlier: antenatal.
In front of; before: antebrachium.