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 upThe 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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Each time heads comes up, my ante is multiplied by 1.2. Bruce M. Boghosian, Scientific American, "Is Inequality Inevitable?," 1 Nov. 2019 Gawk-worthy ante-chambers willy-nilly in a now unused basement and maybe a picture gallery along the mezzanine-level sporting paintings or photos of the famous (or, at-least, semi-famous) who stayed in the hotel are welcome. Christopher Smith, Orange County Register, "Getting grand at San Diego’s U.S. Grant," 31 Oct. 2019 In recent years, the e-commerce giants’s competitors have upped the ante to keep up, offering more sweeping discounts and free shipping. Abha Bhattarai, Washington Post, "‘Retail vortex’: How deepening discounts and thinning profit margins could take their toll this holiday season," 22 Oct. 2019 Antoine Griezmann remata para anotar el primer gol del Barcelona en la victoria 3-0 ante Eibar en la Liga española, el sábado 19 de octubre de 2019. Joseph Wilson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Griezmann finds groove with Messi, Suárez in Barca victory," 19 Oct. 2019 Utah offers $9 million and Montana, which once was on par with Colorado’s $750,000 allocation, has upped the ante to $10 million. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Colorado commission saves the day by diverting funds to keep film program rolling," 18 Oct. 2019 Luxe accouterments like lobster, scallops, free-range bison chili and — as flaunted in the Gold Digga — Berkshire roast pork and black truffles up the ante. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "This Canadian restaurant will bring breakfast poutine to Scottsdale. Here's what to expect," 18 Oct. 2019 And in that case, Lela Rose x Mignonne Gavigan ups the ante of any rehearsal dinner, after party, or post-nuptial brunch look, where brides are more inclined to take fashion risks and don bold accessories. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lela Rose Is Launching a Bridal Jewelry Collection in Partnership with Mignonne Gavigan," 16 Oct. 2019 Nevetheless, this measure would up the ante considerably and once again put Oregon in line with seven other states and more than 100 cities who have made commitments to 100 percent clean electricity. oregonlive, "Activists move to put climate change policy on the ballot after Oregon lawmakers fail on legislation," 7 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Indeed, as long as fans exhibit a willingness to ante up for the initial rush of recognition that these projects provide, producers and studios will eagerly seek to fill the void. Brian Lowry, CNN, "For 'Breaking Bad' and 'Downton Abbey,' 'the end' wasn't," 9 Oct. 2019 Some models also gave a peek of gold grillz to ante up the edge of their beauty looks. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "The Dominatrix Ponytails At Maki Oh Are Red Carpet Awards Season Ready," 10 Sep. 2019 Strategists are divided —These are the 2020 senate races to watch —Warren ups her climate plan ante to $3 trillion —MSNBC climate change forum will give a voice to those denied the DNC debate stage —Is Biden preparing to lose in Iowa? Amanda Seitz, Fortune, "False Claims Blur Line Between Mass Shootings, 2020 Politics," 5 Sep. 2019 If bondholders accept the revised debt plan, the airline will have until November of 2021 and February of 2022 to pay, rather than being forced to ante up this December and next August. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, "Norwegian Air Is Taking Last-Ditch Measures to Avoid Bankruptcy," 4 Sep. 2019 First, every taxpaying American already antes up for war: roughly 24 cents of every tax dollar goes to defense (with more of that going to military contractors than to troops); another 6 cents goes to veterans’ benefits. Adam Weinstein, The New Republic, "Beto O’Rourke’s “War Tax” Is Classic Democratic Militarism," 25 June 2019 En 2017, antes de que pudiera concluir un proyecto de revitalización cultural negra a 50 años, Juan García murió después de sufrir linfoma y una hemorragia cerebral masiva. Charles David Kleymeyer, Smithsonian, "Meet Juan García Salazar, the Man Who Championed Black Identity in Ecuador," 14 June 2019 Which is what led the commission to ante up for the new routes. Roy S. Johnson |,, "Johnson: Restoration of public transit to residents means those who most need the bus can finally ride one," 9 June 2019 What Miracle Performance has done, ante up for one of the best but also most underappreciated pieces of exercise equipment, others can do, too. Zachary Lewis,, "Miracle Performance enters VersaClimber arena with ‘MP Climb’: Stretching Out," 7 June 2019

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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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15 Nov 2019

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English Language Learners Definition of ante

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: the amount of money that a player must bet at the beginning of play in a poker game



English Language Learners Definition of ante (Entry 2 of 3)

: to pay the amount of money required to start play in a poker game



English Language Learners Definition of ante- (Entry 3 of 3)

: before or earlier
: in front of


\ ˈan-ti\

Kids Definition of ante-

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

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