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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In Caribbean Poker you place an ante, receive a hand, and then decide whether or not you would like to bet.’
    • ‘These antes are compulsory and are known as ‘the blinds’ because players have to bet without having seen any cards yet.’
    • ‘Most were not dealt enough of these premium holdings before the antes ate away their chip stacks and their chances.’
    • ‘After the ante, players are dealt seven cards face down, no-peek.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As in poker, the ante (the bets) goes in before the deal starts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Every game has an ante with side bets being the accepted norm.’
    • ‘At the beginning of each hand, players each contribute an agreed number of chips as an ante.’
    • ‘Chip leaders should pound away and continue to pick up blinds and antes.’
    • ‘For the next hand, if the pot was collected, because all except one player folded, there is a new ante by all the players.’
    • ‘The player holding Pamfíll (the Jack of Clubs) collects the ante placed in that pool.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Everyone places an ante of the chosen amount into the center of the table.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But overly tight players lose money too because their playing style prevents them from overcoming the antes and blind bets.’


  • 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And, whenever new and useful information came in, she would up the ante by increasing the reward money.’
      • ‘With this novel she ups the ante, breaking new ground with a superbly plotted and gripping historical novel.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He said: ‘We are upping the ante and we are expecting it to be a relatively intense period of operations.’’
      • ‘At least this kind of talk ups the ante after the anodyne stuff we've endured at the majority of press conferences.’


Early 19th century: from Latin, literally before.