Definition of ante noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

ante

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BrE BrE//ˈænti//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈænti//
 
[singular]
 
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Word Origin early 19th cent.: from Latin, literally ‘before’.Idioms
raise/up the ante
 
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to increase the level of something, especially demands or sums of money His ex-wife has upped the ante in her alimony suit against him.
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