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ante

noun an·te \ ˈan-tē \

Definition of ante

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

Examples of ante in a Sentence

  1. the base price is $500, but any additional repairs will up the ante

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Origin and Etymology of ante

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


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ante

verb

Definition of ante

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.

Examples of ante in a Sentence

  1. Did everyone at the table ante?

  2. Everyone anted up a dollar.

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Origin and Etymology of ante

verbal derivative of 1ante


ante-

prefix

Definition of ante-

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

Origin and Etymology of ante-

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



ANTE Defined for English Language Learners

ante

noun

Definition of ante for English Language Learners

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


ante

verb

Definition of ante for English Language Learners

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


ante-

prefix

Definition of ante- for English Language Learners

  • : before or earlier

  • : in front of


ANTE Defined for Kids

ante-

prefix \ ˈan-ti \

Definition of ante- for Students

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


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