[ an-tee ]
/ ˈæn ti /


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).

Nearby words

  1. antares,
  2. antarthritic,
  3. antasthmatic,
  4. antatrophic,
  5. antbird,
  6. ante meridiem,
  7. ante up,
  8. ante-,
  9. ante-christum,
  10. ante-mortem

Origin of ante

1830–40, Americanism; independent use of ante-

Can be confusedante ante- anti- auntie


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 confusedante ante- anti- auntie

vide ante

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


see before (used especially to refer a reader to parts of a text). Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for ante


/ (ˈæntɪ) /


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



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

Word Origin for ante-

from Latin

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Word Origin and History for ante
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for ante



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

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