Definition of ante in English:



  • A stake put up by a player in poker or brag before receiving cards.

    ‘the antes were at the $10,000–$20,000 level’
    • ‘At the start of each hand, Jane would put out a blue chip and the dealer, while collecting the antes, would take it and give her a 50 cent piece in return.’
    • ‘As in poker, the ante (the bets) goes in before the deal starts.’
    • ‘Everyone places an ante of the chosen amount into the center of the table.’
    • ‘Every game has an ante with side bets being the accepted norm.’
    • ‘For the next hand, if the pot was collected, because all except one player folded, there is a new ante by all the players.’
    • ‘So, for a five player game, the maximum initial stake would be 5 times the ante.’
    • ‘Before the game, each player contributes a large ante to the pot.’
    • ‘The player holding Pamfíll (the Jack of Clubs) collects the ante placed in that pool.’
    • ‘At the beginning of each hand, players each contribute an agreed number of chips as an ante.’
    • ‘But overly tight players lose money too because their playing style prevents them from overcoming the antes and blind bets.’
    • ‘These antes are compulsory and are known as ‘the blinds’ because players have to bet without having seen any cards yet.’
    • ‘In Caribbean Poker you place an ante, receive a hand, and then decide whether or not you would like to bet.’
    • ‘At your turn you choose how much to bet - you must bet at least the amount of the ante, and may bet anything up to the entire pot - and you place your stake next to the pot.’
    • ‘These antes that are paid for dealt cards go to the king's pot, which is placed near the king's hand.’
    • ‘And now comes the grand finale, the ‘Main Event,’ where as many as 6,600 poker players will ante up more than $60 million of their own money.’
    • ‘This is where the antes and blinds are high and where most people just sit back and wait for others to be eliminated in hopes they can make the money.’
    • ‘Chip leaders should pound away and continue to pick up blinds and antes.’
    • ‘Most were not dealt enough of these premium holdings before the antes ate away their chip stacks and their chances.’
    • ‘Whether it's at the world series, or at your regular school with friends and 50p antes, you have to read your fellow players, but they, in turn, know they're being analysed.’
    • ‘They set out to accumulate a lot of chips, but this is pointless as the increase in chips in this situation is of trivial value as the blinds and antes go up.’
    • ‘After the ante, players are dealt seven cards face down, no-peek.’
    wager, stake, gamble
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[with object]ante something up
  • 1Put up an amount as an ante in poker or brag and similar games.

    • ‘He essentially gets to pick which bets he thinks are best, and ante them up.’
    give, donate, give a donation of, make a donation of, put up, come up with, subscribe, hand out, grant, bestow, present, gift, accord
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    1. 1.1North American informal Pay an amount of money in advance.
      ‘he anted up $925,000 of his own money’
      no object ‘the owners have to ante up if they want to attract the best talent’
      • ‘We're told it's because FOX didn't want to ante up money for her band.’
      • ‘I will not applaud the clarity gained when the U.S. refuses to ante up more than a pittance for the damage wrought by tsunamis in Southeast Asia.’
      • ‘The Venetian anted up $30 million in construction costs, the aforementioned $8.6 million in start-up costs and additional money for exhibition design.’
      • ‘The network is anteing up about 9 percent of its $85 million annual program budget, betting that a host of offerings from boxing to rodeo to rugby to adventure racing to football is one reality programming trend on the rise among women.’
      • ‘Grand Prairie anted up $65-million for the initial development of Lone Star Park, which opened for live racing in 1997, and has since invested more than $1.1-million for capital improvements at the track.’
      • ‘The house always wins: Don Barden rolled the dice when he anted up millions for a Las Vegas casino.’
      • ‘Over the years they devised an elaborate numbers game to determine who picked up the tab for the table thus ensuring any welchers among them had to ante up their share from time to time.’
      • ‘The only legitimate argument I can come up with for seeing this film is that it's cheaper to pay the price of admission to a theater than to ante up the money for a trip to one of the Disney theme parks.’
      • ‘Hey if you're not interested, I am, so ante up some money and make a payment in my name, nuh?’
      • ‘The state has anted up $40 million for salary increases, but, in a program similar to Cincinnati's, Iowa will now evaluate teachers thoroughly to make sure the extra dough goes only to the good classroom performers, not the duds.’
      • ‘And they propose that board members ante up some serious cash - which the company would match - to purchase stock when they begin their service, as a way of creating stronger financial involvement.’
      • ‘Often before the game would begin, each of the participants would ante up a dollar or two.’
      • ‘The lowly Atlanta Hawks and his own homely Warriors both anted up $50 million for seven years, while the New York Knicks offered their midlevel exception.’
      • ‘Nor do they have to ante up fresh funds to compensate for the loss for five years.’
      • ‘In an era of budget surpluses, advocates argue, the federal government could ante up money for purchase of open space and farmland.’
      • ‘It was my tendency in those days to ignore subway performers if I wasn't planning on anteing up a contribution - and during those tight times, I usually wasn't.’
      • ‘He anted up $5,000 and paid for the lighting himself.’
      • ‘It's unheard of for a movie star to ante up $30 million of his own money to make any film, let alone an earnest, literal-minded version of Jesus' final 12 hours.’
      • ‘Perhaps these crazy ideas are just his way of forcing the federal government to ante up more money to the provinces for health care.’
      • ‘When Symantec anted up $925 million of its own stock for firewall and intrusion detection system manufacturer AXENT Technologies in 2000, some analysts doubted whether the purchase was worth the price.’
      pay, pay up, hand over, part with, give, put in, contribute, donate
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  • up (or raise) the ante

    • Increase what is at stake or under discussion, especially in a conflict or dispute.

      ‘he decided to up the ante in the trade war’
      • ‘Ghostly goings-on are almost commonplace in many York pubs, but the Red Lion is upping the ante with multiple gory tales - and a picture which staff claim shows a mysterious apparition.’
      • ‘The film successful ups the ante with this brisk and charming story of a young girl from a righteous Sikh family who doesn't want to conform to the narrow community ways her mum so desperately maintains.’
      • ‘At least this kind of talk ups the ante after the anodyne stuff we've endured at the majority of press conferences.’
      • ‘With this novel she ups the ante, breaking new ground with a superbly plotted and gripping historical novel.’
      • ‘It ups the ante on what popular history can, and should, do.’
      • ‘With bottled water now boasting a retail value of 900m, Highland Spring is prepared to up the ante in an increasingly competitive market.’
      • ‘Then last week the ante was upped considerably more with another seizure this time of the dreaded weed with a street value of €200,000.’
      • ‘He said: ‘We are upping the ante and we are expecting it to be a relatively intense period of operations.’’
      • ‘And, whenever new and useful information came in, she would up the ante by increasing the reward money.’


Early 19th century: from Latin, literally ‘before’.