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Meaning of ante

an•te

Pronunciation: (an'tē), [key]
— n., v., -ted -teed, -te•ing.
—n.
  1. a fixed but arbitrary stake put into the pot by each player before the deal.
  2. an amount of money paid in advance to insure an individual's share in a joint business venture.
  3. an individual's share of the total expenses incurred by a group.
  4. the price or cost of something.
—v.t.
  1. to put (one's initial stake) into the pot.
  2. to produce or pay (one's share) (usually fol. by up): He anted up his half of the bill.
—v.i.
  1. to put one's initial stake into the pot.
  2. to pay (usually fol. by up).

ante-

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a prefix meaning “before,” used in the formation of compound words: anteroom; antebellum; antedate.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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