Definition of ante in English:
- 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
- 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.
early 19th century: from Latin, literally 'before'.
The expression up the ante, meaning ‘to increase what is at stake’, comes from the world of card games and gambling. Ante is a Latin word meaning ‘before’ and is a component of English words such as ante-room (mid 18th century) and antenatal (early 19th century). Ante was first used in English by American players of card games in the early 19th century for a stake put up by a player to start the betting before drawing the cards. ‘Upping’ (or ‘raising’) the ante is putting up a higher stake than your opponent in order to put more pressure on them.
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.
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