ante

noun
an·​te | \ˈan-tē \

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

ante

verb
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.

ante-

prefix

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

Vou sentir saudades das nossas resenhas antes dos jogos quando vc acertava o resultados e antes das finais nos tranquilizava com tua experiência e o carinho com os mais jovens! SI.com, "Real Madrid Star Linked With Juventus Move After Promise of Cristiano Ronaldo Reunion," 13 July 2018 Tyrants respond to their early successes not by resting on their laurels but by constantly upping the ante more and more, purging the disloyal, and forcing the loyal to submit to more and more ludicrous positions. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Did Trump Just Help Stop Brexit?," 13 July 2018 The jumps are what really up the ante of this move, transforming what would otherwise be standard lunges into a plyometric cardio move, says Walter. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Why Doing Jumping Lunges Like Jordana Brewster Has Powerful Strength and Cardio Benefits," 2 July 2018 Your pup will be the hit of music festivals in this pretty pink cotton bandana that ups the ante from free hugs to free kisses. Bree Coven Foster, The Seattle Times, "Summer-themed toys for your four-legged friends," 26 June 2018 The ante will be raised for Richardson next season, the first year of a four-year, $42 million extension signed last summer by the 2015 second-round NBA draft pick out of Tennessee. Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Josh Richardson offers his stance on role, contract, LeBron, Heat outlook," 13 June 2018 No sawdust carpeted the Safari's floor and no penny-ante players were tolerated there. Bill Savage, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Books / Booze / Food & Drink Can a Division Street cocktail bar truly capture the spirit of Nelson Algren?," 13 June 2018 Las dos mujeres habían llegado a Cuba, también en un vuelo de Conviasa, un tiempo antes. Monique O. Madan And Sonia Osorio, miamiherald, "Video: Two Venezuelans beaten at Cuba airport for refusing to leave their luggage behind," 10 June 2018 Unexpected wins, or losses that were expected to be close contests ex ante have no impact. Chelsea Brasted, NOLA.com, "After an LSU football upset, judges give black juveniles longer sentences, study says," 5 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Shows like Castle Rock flirt with scares, and American Horror Story succeeds in upping the weirdness ante every season. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Netflix’s Haunting of Hill House is like This Is Us wrapped in a gothic ghost story," 28 Sep. 2018 Murdoch Spurned Rupert Murdoch antes up $80 billion for Time Warner in an effort to add yet another crown jewel to his gargantuan media empire, but Time Warner is not biting. Rachel Mosely, Town & Country, "The 1% Daily," 16 July 2014 The Golden State Warriors, winners of three of the past four championships, also have anted-up, and remain stacked. Nick Canepa, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Latest star Laker? Yeah, just forgot all the early great ones," 7 July 2018 No se lo voy a poner tan fácil, desobedecer es legítimo y obligación ante este estado fascista. Judy Cantor-navas, Billboard, "Spanish Rapper Valtonyc Reportedly Flees Country to Avoid Prison Sentence For Lyrics 'Glorifying Terrorism'," 24 May 2018 Pero sus hinchas en lugar de festejar a minutos de terminado el partido, se encargan de limpiar su sector antes de retirarse. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Japanese, Senegalese World Cup fans clean up stadium after matches," 20 June 2018 The plan then is to double down on speed with the offense, while attempting to ante up with toughness on defense. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Decoding the overhauled Chiefs, and Brett Veach's first offseason | The Kansas City Star," 5 May 2018 The other participants have got to ante up and this is their neighborhood. Fox News, "Gowdy and Scott on Mueller probe, new book," 3 Apr. 2018 Se habían reunido para pescar a lo largo del Eau Gallie Causeway dos días antes del cumpleaños 25 de Viccaro. Erika Pasantes Y John Maines, El Sentinel, "Tendencia mortal: Textear y manejar. Aumentan accidentes," 6 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of ante

Noun

1821, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1831, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for ante

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

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ante

noun

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

ante

verb

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

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

ante-

prefix

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

: before or earlier

: in front of

ante-

prefix
\ˈan-ti\

Kids Definition of ante-

1 : before in time : earlier

2 : in front of anteroom

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