poker. a fixed but arbitrary stake put into the pot by each player before the deal.
an amount of money paid in advance to insure an individual’s share in a joint business venture.
informal. an individual’s share of the total expenses incurred by a group.
informal. the price or cost of something.
poker. to put (one’s initial stake) into the pot.
to produce or pay (one’s share) (usually followed by up):
he anted up his half of the bill.
poker. to put one’s initial stake into the pot.
informal. to pay (usually followed by up).
a prefix meaning “before,” used in the formation of compound words:
anteroom; antebellum; antedate.
see before (used especially to refer a reader to parts of a text).
contemporary examples

the second upped the ante, taking aim at “cray,” “jelly,” “literally,” “teehee,” and “totes.”
feminist, bae, turnt: time’s ‘worst words’ list is s-xist and racist samantha allen november 12, 2014

earlier friday, -ssange announced plans to talk the crowds from the window of the emb-ssy, thus upping the ante once more.
julian -ssange besieged: the scene at ecuador’s london emb-ssy peter jukes august 16, 2012

in the first hangover, it was my idea to do it naked because it served the story and raised the ante.
hangover ii: ken jeong’s scene-stealing performance marlow stern may 24, 2011

pitchfork upped the ante by scoring the effort a perfect “10.”
how to sound smart on thanksgiving samuel p. jacobs november 22, 2010

“sweetening the pot,” “upping the ante,” “showing your cards,” “folding your hand”—all those clichés stem from poker for a reason.
obama’s poker club tells all randall lane december 7, 2010

historical examples

human life does not occur in a vacuum, nor is nature a mere stage setting for the enactment of its drama (ante, p. 211).
democracy and education john dewey

i confess that, when i beheld you in the ante room, i blushed for my past forgetfulness.
calderon the courtier edward bulwer-lytton

these he watched for a time and noticed that the pots were quite large for the ante involved.
sister carrie theodore dreiser

these books contain the record kept by the kirm-ul-ktibn, (ante p. 141).
the faith of islam edward sell

the dominant feature of the social and economic life of the south of ante bellum days was the plantation.
the journal of negro history, volume 2, 1917 various

the gaming stake put up before the deal in poker by the players
(informal) a sum of money representing a person’s share, as in a syndicate
(informal) up the ante, to increase the costs, risks, or considerations involved in taking an action or reaching a conclusion: whenever they reached their goal, they upped the ante by setting more complex challenges for themselves
verb -tes, -teing, -ted, -teed
to place (one’s stake) in poker
(usually foll by up) (informal, mainly us) to pay
before in time or position; previous to; in front of: antedate, antechamber

1838 (n.), 1846 (v.), american english poker slang, apparently from latin ante “before,” from pie -anti “facing opposite, near, in front of, before” (cf. sanskrit antah “end, border, boundary,” hitt-te hanti “opposite,” greek anta, anten “opposite,” anti “over against, opposite, before;” old lithuanian anta “on to;” gothic anda “along;” old english and- “against;” german ent- “along, against”), from root -ant- “front, forehead.”

word-forming element meaning “before, in front of; previous, existing beforehand; introductory to,” from latin ante (prep. and adv.) “before, in front of, opposite,” used in combinations, from pie -anti “facing opposite, near, in front of, before” (see ante).

ante- pref.

prior to; earlier: antenatal.

in front of; before: antebrachium.

related terms

penny ante, up the ante

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