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ante

[an-tee]
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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for antes

pay, pot, stake, price

Examples from the Web for antes

Historical Examples of antes

  • Antes me dejar cortar la lengua que aconsejar una bellaquera.

    Doa Perfecta

    Benito Prez Galds

  • Antes recibir yo diez docenas10 de ellos que recomendar a un cristiano la administracin de tales medicinas.

    Doa Perfecta

    Benito Prez Galds

  • Antes me rea de toda obra violenta, de las exageraciones de los hombres impetuosos, como de las brutalidades de los malvados.

    Doa Perfecta

    Benito Prez Galds

  • Quintana's poem rang like a trumpet call over the land: "Antes la muerte que consentir jams ningn tirano!"

    Heroic Spain

    Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly

  • Las mas recentes noticias que tenian en Demeraria, antes de mi salida, eran medias tristes, medias alegres.


British Dictionary definitions for antes

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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Word Origin and History for antes

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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