ante

[ an-tee ]
/ ˈæn ti /

noun

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).

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Origin of ante

1830–40, Americanism; independent use of ante-

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH ante

ante ante- anti- auntie
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British Dictionary definitions for antes

ante
/ (ˈæntɪ) /

noun

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
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