- A stake put up by a player in poker or brag before receiving cards: the antes were at the $10,000-$20,000 levelMore example sentences
- In Caribbean Poker you place an ante, receive a hand, and then decide whether or not you would like to bet.
- After the ante, players are dealt seven cards face down, no-peek.
- As in poker, the ante (the bets) goes in before the deal starts.
verb (antes, anteing, anted)[with object] (ante something up) Back to top
- 1Put up an amount as an ante in poker or brag and similar games.More example sentences
- He essentially gets to pick which bets he thinks are best, and ante them up.
- 1.1North American • informal Pay an amount of money in advance: he anted up $925,000 of his own money [no object]: the owners have to ante up if they want to attract the best talentMore example sentences
- We're told it's because FOX didn't want to ante up money for her band.
- In an era of budget surpluses, advocates argue, the federal government could ante up money for purchase of open space and farmland.
- Perhaps these crazy ideas are just his way of forcing the federal government to ante up more money to the provinces for health care.
up (or raise) the ante
- Increase what is at stake or under discussion, especially in a conflict or dispute: he decided to up the ante in the trade warMore example sentences
- And, whenever new and useful information came in, she would up the ante by increasing the reward money.
- With bottled water now boasting a retail value of 900m, Highland Spring is prepared to up the ante in an increasingly competitive market.
- The film successful ups the ante with this brisk and charming story of a young girl from a righteous Sikh family who doesn't want to conform to the narrow community ways her mum so desperately maintains.
early 19th century: from Latin, literally 'before'.
More definitions of anteDefinition of ante in:
- The US English dictionary