Definition of ante in English:


Pronunciation /ˈan(t)ē/ /ˈæn(t)i/

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

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

transitive verbantes, anteing, anted

[with object]ante something up
  • 1Put 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
    1. 1.1North American informal Pay an amount of money in advance.
      • ‘he anted up $925,000 of his own money’
      • ‘We're told it's because FOX didn't want to ante up money for her band.’
      • ‘In an era of budget surpluses, advocates argue, the federal government could ante up money for purchase of open space and farmland.’
      • ‘Perhaps these crazy ideas are just his way of forcing the federal government to ante up more money to the provinces for health care.’
      • ‘Hey if you're not interested, I am, so ante up some money and make a payment in my name, nuh?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Often before the game would begin, each of the participants would ante up a dollar or two.’
      • ‘Nor do they have to ante up fresh funds to compensate for the loss for five years.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Venetian anted up $30 million in construction costs, the aforementioned $8.6 million in start-up costs and additional money for exhibition design.’
      • ‘He anted up $5,000 and paid for the lighting himself.’
      • ‘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 house always wins: Don Barden rolled the dice when he anted up millions for a Las Vegas casino.’
      • ‘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.’
      pay, pay up, hand over, part with, give, put in, contribute, donate
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The federal government anted up, too, buying canned asparagus for food programs and to keep the Dayton, Columbia County, plant running.’
      • ‘But the county is still responsible for over half the funding, and other counties with the same state-local split have anted up.’
      • ‘The station made Johnson raise the cash to pay for his airtime, and his listeners anted up.’
      • ‘They have asked the federal government to ante up for some of those legal fees from the Whitewater investigation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Go on, be all hedonistic and ante up for the tickets.’
      • ‘And with the cost of membership going for $199 a year, the big question is whether enough people will 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.’
      • ‘Other council members are confident Hennepin County would ante up.’
      • ‘And every time you go back to these pledging conferences, it becomes more and more difficult to get people to ante up.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When Blackstone and Madison Dearborn and other venture capitalists and banks anted up, they were investing in a proven leader.’
      • ‘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.’


    up 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’
      • ‘And, whenever new and useful information came in, she would up the ante by increasing the reward money.’
      • ‘With bottled water now boasting a retail value of 900m, Highland Spring is prepared to up the ante in an increasingly competitive market.’
      • ‘The film successfully 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘With this novel she ups the ante, breaking new ground with a superbly plotted and gripping historical novel.’
      • ‘He said: ‘We are upping the ante and we are expecting it to be a relatively intense period of operations.’’
      • ‘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.’


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