an·​te | \ ˈan-tē How to pronounce ante (audio) \

Definition of ante

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a poker stake usually put up before the deal to build the pot The dealer called for a dollar ante.
2a : 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


anted; anteing

Definition of ante (Entry 2 of 3)

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.



Definition of ante- (Entry 3 of 3)

1a : 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 That meant keeping the looks to a minimum for day scenes in Highclere Castle, upping the ante for formal dinners and events at night, and warming up the faces for the scenes filmed in the South of France. Sophie Dweck, Town & Country, 18 May 2022 The next month Roth ups the ante and tells another interviewer Van Halen is, for all intents and purposes, finished. Blair R. Fischer, Rolling Stone, 3 July 2022 So, too, oeuf mollet with a salad of mâche and frisée, bacon and Sherry dressing ($18) is on the menu, but Loja ups the ante by giving the poached egg a crumb coating and frying it crisp, which adds texture and dimension to the dish. John Mariani, Forbes, 22 June 2022 Lavishly produced, the fourth season seemingly ups the ante on cruelty and bullying as well, leveraging the vulnerability of its nerdy characters. Brian Lowry, CNN, 27 May 2022 The Performance ups the ante to $68,980 and 429 horses, while also adding 21-inch wheels, adaptive dampers, stronger front brakes, nappa leather upholstery, and a Boost mode that temporarily raises the output to 483 horsepower. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, 17 May 2022 Thornton then ups the ante by inviting all of us to quietly repeat the title aloud as well, a request with which the audience mischievously complies. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Apr. 2022 Where to stay: Capri Hotel, complete with pool and palm trees, is set for relaxation, and the motor lodge just got a reboot that ups the ante on its ’70s vibes. Jennifer Konerman, Sunset Magazine, 23 Mar. 2022 Although Roger’s natural charisma and electric musicality is arresting on its own, there’s no denying that his style, from his dazzling stage-wear to his bold nail art, ups the ante on his must-follow-on-TikTok status. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 18 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic, who captained Colorado’s first two title-winning teams in 1996 and 2001, was not afraid to ante up in March to acquire Lehkonen, defenseman Josh Manson and forward Andrew Cogliano. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 June 2022 But the banks don’t just ante up that kind of money without a big safety cushion. Anne Sraders, Fortune, 30 Apr. 2022 Thus, instead of risking over $546 to win $280 with LA normally, new DK players need simply ante up $5. Xl Media, cleveland, 13 Feb. 2022 If just a few companies have full control over the market, manufacturers may be forced to ante up more funds — a tactical decision that will raise prices for the consumer. Kayla Matthews, The Week, 29 Mar. 2018 Melvin deserves to be in San Diego, where there’s a gorgeous stadium, an ownership group willing to ante up and a team that could reach the playoffs right away with the right guy in charge. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Oct. 2021 Tickets cost $30,000-plus, but that doesn't mean the stars ante up. Leanne Italie, ajc, 13 Sep. 2021 Tannenbaum acknowledged that a team runs the risk of damaging its relationship with a star player if a team doesn’t ante up to his satisfaction. cleveland, 17 Aug. 2021 The government employers that support PSPRS are more willing to ante up money lately. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, 9 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of ante


1821, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1831, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for ante


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


verbal derivative of ante entry 1


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

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“Ante.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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\ ˈan-ti \

Kids Definition of ante-

1 : before in time : earlier
2 : in front of anteroom

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