verb (used with object), an·ted or an·teed, an·te·ing.
verb (used without object), an·ted or an·teed, an·te·ing.
- ante meridiem,
- ante up,
Origin of ante
Origin of ante-
Examples from the Web for ante
Joseph LaRocca says some companies are upping the ante in terms of fending off return fraudsters.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks|M.L. Nestel|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The second upped the ante, taking aim at “cray,” “jelly,” “literally,” “teehee,” and “totes.”Feminist, Bae, Turnt: Time’s ‘Worst Words’ List Is Sexist and Racist|Samantha Allen|November 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Hoenig, apparently wanting to continue being booked on Fox News, felt the need to up the anti-Muslim ante.
You can up the ante even more by signing a contract agreeing to pay a pal $20 every time you skip Pilates.4 Science-Backed Ways to Motivate Yourself to Work Out|DailyBurn|September 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The ante has been upped and now things are getting kind of fun.
The persecutions, the separations, the estrangements, are all ante–nuptial.John Marchmont's Legacy, Volumes I-III|Mary E. Braddon
His reputation as a bibliomaniac is fully recorded in the anecdote mentioned at p. 234, ante.
Of Edward the Third's love of curiously bound books, see p. 118, ante.
"I'll raise his ante, whatever it is," he said abruptly at length.The Rules of the Game|Stewart Edward White
I raised the ‘ante’ and sold three hundred papers at ten cents each.Modern Americans|Chester Sanford
verb -tes, -teing, -ted or -teed
Word Origin for ante-
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," Hittite 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).