- (poker) In poker and other games, the contribution made by all players to the pot before dealing the cards.
Etymology: A Latin preposition and prefix; akin to Gr. anti, Skr. anti, Goth. and-, anda- (only in comp.), AS. and-, ond-, (only in comp.: cf. Answer, Along, G. ant-, ent- (in comp.).
- To pay the ante in poker. Often used ante up.
- To make an investment in money, effort, or time before knowing one's chances.
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