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  1. (poker) In poker and other games, the contribution made by all players to the pot before dealing the cards.
    1. To pay the ante in poker. Often used ante up.
    2. To make an investment in money, effort, or time before knowing one's chances.
      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.).

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