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ante

Syllabification: an·te
Pronunciation: /ˈan(t)ē
 
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Definition of ante in English:

noun

A stake put up by a player in poker and similar games before receiving cards.
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 and similar games.
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
More 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.
1.2 [no object] (ante up) informal Put up one’s money; pay up: the owners have to ante up if they want to attract the best talent
More example sentences
  • Alberta seems to have all the money in the world, but when it comes to anteing up and coming through on your promises, the well's gone dry.
  • The federal government anted up, too, buying canned asparagus for food programs and to keep the Dayton, Columbia County, plant running.
  • But the county is still responsible for over half the funding, and other counties with the same state-local split have anted up.

Origin

early 19th century: from Latin, literally 'before'.

More
  • 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.

Phrases

up (or raise) the ante

1
Increase what is at stake or under discussion, especially in a conflict or dispute: he decided to up the ante in the trade war
More 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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