ante

[ an-tee ]
/ ˈæn ti /

noun

verb (used with object), an·ted or an·teed, an·te·ing.

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.

verb (used without object), an·ted or an·teed, an·te·ing.

Poker. to put one's initial stake into the pot.
Informal. to pay (usually followed by up).

Origin of ante

1830–40, Americanism; independent use of ante-

Can be confused

ante ante- anti- auntie

Definition for ante (2 of 3)

ante-

a prefix meaning “before,” used in the formation of compound words: anteroom; antebellum; antedate.

Origin of ante-

< Latin, prefixal form of preposition and adv. ante (see ancient1); akin to Greek antí, Old English and- against, toward, opposite. See answer, and, anti-

Can be confused

ante ante- anti- auntie

Definition for ante (3 of 3)

vide ante

[ wee-de ahn-te; English vahy-dee an-tee, vee- ]
/ ˈwi dɛ ˈɑn tɛ; English ˈvaɪ di ˈæn ti, ˈvi- /

Latin.

see before (used especially to refer a reader to parts of a text).

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British Dictionary definitions for ante (1 of 2)

ante

/ (ˈæntɪ) /

noun

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
up the ante informal to increase the costs, risks, or considerations involved in taking an action or reaching a conclusionwhenever they reached their goal, they upped the ante by setting more complex challenges for themselves

verb -tes, -teing, -ted or -teed

to place (one's stake) in poker
(usually foll by up) informal, mainly US to pay

British Dictionary definitions for ante (2 of 2)

ante-

prefix

before in time or position; previous to; in front ofantedate; antechamber

Word Origin for ante-

from Latin
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Medicine definitions for ante

ante-

pref.

Prior to; earlier:antenatal.
In front of; before:antebrachium.

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