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 For its part, Netflix has been funneling money into Korean content for years, recently upping the ante with an investment approaching $500 million in 2021 and, reportedly, an even larger sum this year. NBC News, 16 Feb. 2022 Jackass Forever, the fourth film from original stars Knoxville, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Dave England, Wee Man and more, ups the ante with stunts involving bears, bulls, scorpions, and hordes of bees. Nigel Smith,, 2 Feb. 2022 Barack Obama, Michael Jordan or Oprah Winfrey would have been good options for Eli Manning and Peyton Manning to up the ante with the guests for the 10th and final ManningCast of the show's inaugural season. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, 18 Jan. 2022 Last week, Prada and Adidas announced the latest chapter in their highly coveted collaboration, which, for the first time, ups the ante with ready-to-wear in addition to the sneakers and bags that previously made a splash. Todd Plummer, Robb Report, 13 Jan. 2022 The newest season upped the ante with rock classics, hip-hop anthems, and go-to party tracks used to set the right vibe. Jasmine Washington, Seventeen, 12 Jan. 2022 The inviting lakeside boutique resort ups the ante with multi-day retreats, like the three-day Metta Retreat ($1,610) or two-day Duet Retreat (from $605) at The Inns of Aurora's new 15,000-square-foot Spa at the Inns of Aurora. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Travel + Leisure, 3 Jan. 2022 Legal marijuana stores are upping the ante with plants reaching up to and over 30 percent THC. Igor Dunaevsky, Rolling Stone, 10 Dec. 2021 And the Kobo Sage ups the ante with stylus support. Brad Moon, Forbes, 30 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 The matter of standards explains why Simon & Schuster was willing to ante-up for Vice President Mike Pence, who has shown some respect for the truth, but likely won't consider putting out Trump's presidential memoir. Michael D'antonio, CNN, 22 June 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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23 Jun 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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