ante

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noun

an·​te ˈan-tē How to pronounce ante (audio)
1
: a poker stake usually put up before the deal to build the pot
The dealer called for a dollar ante.
2
a
: cost, price
These improvements would raise the ante.
b
: risk, stakes
The new law ups the ante on tax cheats.
c
: a level (as of achievement or intensity) regarded especially as a goal or standard
a film that ups the ante on special effects

ante

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verb

anted; anteing

transitive verb

: to put up (an ante)
also : pay, produce
usually used with up
had to ante up five thousand dollars to attend the senator's banquet

intransitive verb

: pay up
usually used with up
The dealer waited until everyone had anted up before he dealt the cards.

ante-

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prefix

1
a
: prior : earlier
antedate
b
: anterior : forward
anteroom
2
: prior to : earlier than
antediluvian

Examples of ante in a Sentence

Noun the base price is $500, but any additional repairs will up the ante Verb Did everyone at the table ante? Everyone anted up a dollar.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
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Verb
On the other side of the ball, the Ravens just need to ante up and pay defensive lineman Justin Madubuike, who could command $20 million per year. Mike Preston, Baltimore Sun, 14 Feb. 2024 The Maverick’s famously low price — base models start at $22,195 — is a casualty of those additions, but plenty of buyers will ante up for the Tremor, and be delighted with the result. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 28 Apr. 2023 But banks could well face pressure to ante up, said Darrin Peller, an analyst at Wolfe Research. Peter Weber, The Week, 25 July 2023 But if the good times are going to keep rolling, Hollywood needs to ante up with compelling movies to keep audiences coming back to multiplexes. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 1 May 2023 Ross, for one, thinks Baltimore has to ante up, whatever the circumstances. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 14 Mar. 2023 That means, anything from t-shirts over joggers to hoodies over sweatpants to sweaters over jeans to just about your whole daily wardrobe rotation, can be anted up by dress sneakers. Christian Gollayan, Men's Health, 7 Mar. 2023 Much like the Lightning went all in multiple times by trading high draft picks and prospects to load up for the best chance to win the Cup, Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic was not afraid to ante up in March to acquire Lehkonen, defenseman Josh Manson and Cogliano. Dallas News, 27 June 2022 But what do petty money worries mean to Apple, which agreed to ante up for the version Scorsese and DiCaprio are determined to make? Rebecca Keegan, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

borrowed from Latin ante "before, preceding" — more at ante-

Verb

verbal derivative of ante entry 1

Prefix

Middle English, from Latin, from ante before, in front of; akin to Old English and- against, Greek anti before, against — more at end

First Known Use

Noun

1821, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1831, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of ante was in 1821

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Cite this Entry

“Ante.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ante. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

ante-

prefix
1
a
: prior : earlier
antedate
b
: before or toward the front : forward
anteroom
2
: prior to : earlier than
antediluvian
Etymology

Prefix

derived from Latin ante "before, in front"

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