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n. — in poker and similar card games: a mandatory stake placed in the pot or betting pool before play begins
— figuratively, an amount paid in advance, investment, premium; as in “to up the ante”

fm. Classical Latin, meaning before, as in anteroom, antecedent, antemeridian (a.m.), and ancestor

first published. 1814

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