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  Dictionary Definition of ante

ante
noun
1. Poker a stake put into the pool by each player after seeing their hand but before drawing new cards, or, sometimes, before seeing their hand.
2. the amount paid as one's share.
3. a payment, usually monetary, extracted as part of a bargain.
-- verb (t) ( anted or anteed, anteing )
4. Poker to put (one's stake) into the pool.
-- phrase
5. ante up, Colloquial a. to pay one's share as contribution. b. to put up (the price or amount to be paid or contributed): He will ante up
6. raise the ante ; up the ante, a. to increase suddenly the price to be paid for goods or services. b. to raise the requirements (for a job, etc.)
[Cf. L ante before]