Definition of ante in English:

ante

noun

  • A stake put up by a player in poker and similar games before receiving cards.

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

verb

[WITH OBJECT]ante something up
  • 1 Put up an amount as an ante in poker 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’
      • ‘He anted up $5,000 and paid for the lighting himself.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We're told it's because FOX didn't want to ante up money for her band.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In an era of budget surpluses, advocates argue, the federal government could ante up money for purchase of open space and farmland.’
      • ‘The Venetian anted up $30 million in construction costs, the aforementioned $8.6 million in start-up costs and additional money for exhibition design.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘Nor do they have to ante up fresh funds to compensate for the loss for five years.’
      • ‘Hey if you're not interested, I am, so ante up some money and make a payment in my name, nuh?’
      • ‘Perhaps these crazy ideas are just his way of forcing the federal government to ante up more money to the provinces for health care.’
      • ‘The house always wins: Don Barden rolled the dice when he anted up millions for a Las Vegas casino.’
      • ‘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.’
      pay, pay up, hand over, part with, give, put in, contribute, donate
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    2. 1.2ante upinformal [no object] Put up one's money; pay up.
      ‘the owners have to ante up if they want to attract the best talent’
      • ‘California-based Chevron anted up in February, making an all-stock offer for about $52 a share, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.’
      • ‘Or you can ante up for a posh night in La Bodega's restaurant, where pricier but worthy entrées will make the most of the wine list's Italian selections.’
      • ‘Other council members are confident Hennepin County would ante up.’
      • ‘In other words, the island exists solely to shelter those who use public services, infrastructure and a publicly educated workforce, but do not wish to ante up.’
      • ‘But this upper tier of the United Way calls on individuals to ante up to the tune of $10,000 or more each year in personal funds.’
      • ‘He's right that, in the inept system of public radio, we have to ante up if we want classical music.’
      • ‘The order was upheld in Montreal Municipal Court in February and the owners have until April 28 to ante up.’
      • ‘When Blackstone and Madison Dearborn and other venture capitalists and banks anted up, they were investing in a proven leader.’
      • ‘And every time you go back to these pledging conferences, it becomes more and more difficult to get people to ante up.’
      • ‘Go on, be all hedonistic and ante up for the tickets.’
      • ‘The federal government anted up, too, buying canned asparagus for food programs and to keep the Dayton, Columbia County, plant running.’
      • ‘The station made Johnson raise the cash to pay for his airtime, and his listeners anted up.’
      • ‘Alberta seems to have all the money in the world, but when it comes to anteing up and coming through on your promises, the well's gone dry.’
      • ‘We should point out that the United States provides about 22 percent of the funding of the United Nations, leaving a lot of room for the rest of the members to ante up.’
      • ‘If your store pays its workers so little that the State actually pays money out to your employees in welfare benefits, then, well, you have to ante up.’
      • ‘But the county is still responsible for over half the funding, and other counties with the same state-local split have anted up.’
      • ‘And with the cost of membership going for $199 a year, the big question is whether enough people will ante up.’
      • ‘They have asked the federal government to ante up for some of those legal fees from the Whitewater investigation.’
      • ‘When Ericsson asked institutional investors for new capital this summer, they wondered why they should ante up for a company which they couldn't influence and whose main owners had allowed to drift close to the brink.’
      • ‘Rather, it was akin to a backer's audition for a Broadway musical, where if the would-be theatrical angels leave humming the title tune, they will undoubtedly ante up later.’

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’
      • ‘With bottled water now boasting a retail value of 900m, Highland Spring is prepared to up the ante in an increasingly competitive market.’
      • ‘He said: ‘We are upping the ante and we are expecting it to be a relatively intense period of operations.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At least this kind of talk ups the ante after the anodyne stuff we've endured at the majority of press conferences.’

Origin

Early 19th century: from Latin, literally before.

Pronunciation:

ante

/ˈan(t)ē/