from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Games The stake that each poker player must put into the pool before receiving a hand or before receiving new cards. See Synonyms at bet.
  • n. A price to be paid, especially as one's share; cost: "Whether they could actually turn back Soviet policy depended on many factors that Moscow might yet choose to test by upping the ante” ( Foreign Affairs).
  • transitive v. Games To put (one's stake) into the pool in poker.
  • transitive v. To pay: Let's ante up the bill.
  • intransitive v. Games To put one's stake into the pool in poker: Don't look at your cards until everyone has anted.
  • intransitive v. To pay up.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A price or cost, as in up the ante.
  • n. In poker and other games, the contribution made by all players to the pot before dealing the cards.
  • v. To pay the ante in poker. Often used ante up.
  • v. To make an investment in money, effort, or time before knowing one's chances.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Each player's stake, which is put into the pool before (ante) the game begins.
  • v. To put up (an ante).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In the game of poker, to deposit stakes in the pool or common receptacle for them: commonly used in the phrase to ante up.
  • In heraldry, ingrafted: said of one color or metal broken into another by means of dovetailed, nebulé, embattled, or ragulé edges. Also enté.
  • A prefix of Latin origin, originally only in compounds or derivatives taken from the Latin or formed from Latin elements, as in antecessor, antepenultimate, antemeridian, etc., but now a familiar English formative, meaning before, either in place or in time.
  • n. In the game of poker, the stake or bet deposited in the pool by each player before drawing new cards; also, the receptacle for the stakes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. place one's stake
  • n. (poker) the initial contribution that each player makes to the pot


From Latin, before; see ant- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin ante ("before") (Wiktionary)



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