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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Games The stake that each poker player must put into the pool before receiving a hand or before receiving new cards.
  • noun A price to be paid, especially as one's share; cost.
  • intransitive verb Games To put (one's stake) into the pool in poker.
  • intransitive verb To pay (money or a fee).
  • intransitive verb Games To put one's stake into the pool in poker.
  • intransitive verb To pay for something.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In the game of poker, the stake or bet deposited in the pool by each player before drawing new cards; also, the receptacle for the stakes.
  • A prefix of Latin origin, originally only in compounds or derivatives taken from the Latin or formed from Latin elements, as in antecessor, antepenultimate, antemeridian, etc., but now a familiar English formative, meaning before, either in place or in time.
  • In heraldry, ingrafted: said of one color or metal broken into another by means of dovetailed, nebulé, embattled, or ragulé edges. Also enté.
  • In the game of poker, to deposit stakes in the pool or common receptacle for them: commonly used in the phrase to ante up.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Poker Playing) Each player's stake, which is put into the pool before (ante) the game begins.
  • verb To put up (an ante).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A price or cost, as in up the ante.
  • noun poker In poker and other games, the contribution made by all players to the pot before dealing the cards.
  • verb To pay the ante in poker. Often used ante up.
  • verb To make an investment in money, effort, or time before knowing one's chances.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb place one's stake
  • noun (poker) the initial contribution that each player makes to the pot

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From Latin, before; see ant- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin ante ("before")

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