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 ).

1830–40, Americanism; independent use of ante-

ante, ante-, anti-, auntie. Unabridged


a prefix meaning “before,” used in the formation of compound words: anteroom; antebellum; antedate.

< Latin, prefixal form of preposition and adv. ante (see ancient); akin to Greek antí, Old English and- against, toward, opposite. See answer, and, anti-

ante, ante-, anti-, auntie.

vide ante

[wee-de ahn-te; English vahy-dee an-tee, vee-]
see before (used especially to refer a reader to parts of a text). Unabridged
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ante (ˈæntɪ)
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) (usually foll by up) to pay

before in time or position; previous to; in front of: antedate; antechamber
[from Latin]

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Word Origin & History

1838 (n.), 1846 (v.), Amer.Eng. poker slang, apparently from L. ante "before," from PIE *anti "facing opposite, near, in front of, before" (cf. Skt. antah "end, border, boundary," Hittite hanti "opposite," Gk. anta, anten "opposite," anti "over against, opposite, before;" O.Lith. anta "on to;" Goth.
anda "along;" O.E. and- "against;" Ger. ent- "along, against").

prefix meaning "before," from L. ante (prep. and adv.) "before, in front of, opposite" from PIE *anti "facing opposite, near, in front of, before" (see ante).
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ante- pref.

  1. Prior to; earlier: antenatal.

  2. In front of; before: antebrachium.

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Example sentences
Extreme academe, as a vision, ups the ante of such concerns.
However, to the extent that high ex post risk premiums result in high
  valuations, they do suggest a low ex ante premium.
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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