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 As if to up the ante, LIV Golf on Tuesday announced plans for more events from 2023 to 2025. New York Times, 11 May 2022 Algeria has long been a medium-stakes player in the global game of oil and gas exports, but the energy crisis in Europe has created an opening for the North African nation to up the ante. Washington Post, 30 Apr. 2022 So Wilson decided to up the ante with another gas giveaway at participating pumps this coming Thursday for a total of $1 million, his announcement said. Shanzeh Ahmad,, 18 Mar. 2022 And now, The Beatrice is hoping to up the ante again by bringing both that service and those decadent bites all under one roof. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 9 Mar. 2022 The song’s drums hit like boulders bouncing on top of Jell-O, with Olu and WowGr8 each upping the ante in their vocal heroics. Jeff Ihaza, Rolling Stone, 21 Feb. 2022 But this new initiative between these two retail giants clearly ups the ante in the category. Warren Shoulberg, Forbes, 27 Jan. 2022 One of North Texas’ busiest developers is upping the ante in the race to build the biggest box. Steve Brown, Dallas News, 25 May 2021 Undeterred, Uber has upped the ante in New York City. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, 8 July 2014 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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19 May 2022

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“Ante.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 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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