verb (used with object), an·ted or an·teed, an·te·ing.
verb (used without object), an·ted or an·teed, an·te·ing.
Origin of ante
Related Words for ante updonate, use, waste, consume, give, invest, contribute, expend, employ, settle, concentrate, allocate, drop, subsidize, grant, supply, devote, share, add, commit
verb -tes, -teing, -ted or -teed
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."
Pay what is due, contribute; by extension, do one's share. For example, The trustees were asked to ante up $10,000 each for the new scholarship, or Tired of watching Joe sit around while they cleaned up, the roommates told him to ante up or move out. This expression comes from poker and other betting games, where to ante signifies making a bet or contribution to the pot before the cards are dealt. It was being used more loosely by the mid-1800s. Also see raise the ante.