- Poker. a fixed but arbitrary stake put into the pot by each player before the deal.
- an amount of money paid in advance to insure an individual's share in a joint business venture.
- Informal. an individual's share of the total expenses incurred by a group.
- Informal. the price or cost of something.
- 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.
- Poker. to put one's initial stake into the pot.
- Informal. to pay (usually followed by up).
Origin of ante
Related Wordsspeculate, wager, reply, include, boost, continue, anted, set, chance, hazard, put, game, venture, ante, trust, risk, pledge, dice, augment, annex
Examples from the Web for anted
Almost six years after the deadly quake, little of the money pledged to rebuild the broken city has been anted up.Madonna, Carla Bruni & Obama Abandoned Pledges To Rebuild L'Aquila After The Quake
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November 18, 2014
He is not familiar with scenes where hundreds of dollars are anted up.Charles Sumner; His Complete Works, Volume VIII (of 20)
Unten′antable, not fit to be tenanted or inhabited; Unten′anted, not occupied.
- 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
- to place (one's stake) in poker
- (usually foll by up) informal, mainly US to pay
Word Origin and History for anted
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."