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ante

[an-tee]
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noun
  1. Poker. a fixed but arbitrary stake put into the pot by each player before the deal.
  2. an amount of money paid in advance to insure an individual's share in a joint business venture.
  3. Informal. an individual's share of the total expenses incurred by a group.
  4. Informal. the price or cost of something.
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verb (used with object), an·ted or an·teed, an·te·ing.
  1. Poker. to put (one's initial stake) into the pot.
  2. to produce or pay (one's share) (usually followed by up): He anted up his half of the bill.
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verb (used without object), an·ted or an·teed, an·te·ing.
  1. Poker. to put one's initial stake into the pot.
  2. Informal. to pay (usually followed by up).
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Origin of ante

1830–40, Americanism; independent use of ante-
Can be confusedante ante- anti- auntie

ante-

  1. a prefix meaning “before,” used in the formation of compound words: anteroom; antebellum; antedate.
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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 confusedante ante- anti- auntie

vide ante

[wee-de ahn-te; English vahy-dee an-tee, vee-]
Latin.
  1. see before (used especially to refer a reader to parts of a text).
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Historical Examples

  • I confess that, when I beheld you in the ante room, I blushed for my past forgetfulness.

    Calderon The Courtier

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • By instinct, I suppose, I drifted towards my ante bellum quarters.

  • One (called Chipadzi's) has been already mentioned (see p. 75, ante).

  • If it was a bid for him to raise the ante, Morgan was starting off on a lame leg, he said.

    Trail's End

    George W. Ogden

  • These books contain the record kept by the Kirm-ul-Ktibn, (Ante p. 141).


British Dictionary definitions for ante

ante

noun
  1. the gaming stake put up before the deal in poker by the players
  2. informal a sum of money representing a person's share, as in a syndicate
  3. 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
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verb -tes, -teing, -ted or -teed
  1. to place (one's stake) in poker
  2. (usually foll by up) informal, mainly US to pay
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ante-

prefix
  1. before in time or position; previous to; in front ofantedate; antechamber
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Word Origin

from Latin
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Word Origin and History 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."

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ante-

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).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

ante in Medicine

ante-

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