Definition of ante in English:

ante

noun

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

    ‘the antes were at the $10,000–$20,000 level’
    • ‘Everyone places an ante of the chosen amount into the center of the table.’
    • ‘These antes that are paid for dealt cards go to the king's pot, which is placed near the king's hand.’
    • ‘But overly tight players lose money too because their playing style prevents them from overcoming the antes and blind bets.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Most were not dealt enough of these premium holdings before the antes ate away their chip stacks and their chances.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Chip leaders should pound away and continue to pick up blinds and antes.’
    • ‘As in poker, the ante (the bets) goes in before the deal starts.’
    • ‘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 are compulsory and are known as ‘the blinds’ because players have to bet without having seen any cards yet.’
    • ‘After the ante, players are dealt seven cards face down, no-peek.’
    • ‘Every game has an ante with side bets being the accepted norm.’
    • ‘Before the game, each player contributes a large ante to the pot.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At the beginning of each hand, players each contribute an agreed number of chips as an ante.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The player holding Pamfíll (the Jack of Clubs) collects the ante placed in that pool.’
    • ‘So, for a five player game, the maximum initial stake would be 5 times the ante.’
    • ‘In Caribbean Poker you place an ante, receive a hand, and then decide whether or not you would like to bet.’
    • ‘For the next hand, if the pot was collected, because all except one player folded, there is a new ante by all the players.’
    wager, stake, gamble
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Phrases

  • 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It ups the ante on what popular history can, and should, do.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And, whenever new and useful information came in, she would up the ante by increasing the reward money.’
      • ‘He said: ‘We are upping the ante and we are expecting it to be a relatively intense period of operations.’’
      • ‘With bottled water now boasting a retail value of 900m, Highland Spring is prepared to up the ante in an increasingly competitive market.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

ante

/ˈanti/