Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “up the ante”

up the ante

(also raise the ante)
to increase your risks or demands in order to get a greater advantage: The governor upped the ante in her war of words with the mayor, by calling him "dangerous" for the city.
(Definition of up the ante from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Taking risks, but you might be interested in these topics from the Fear and danger topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “up the ante” in other dictionaries

Translations of “up the ante”

Word of the Day

sling

to throw or drop something carelessly

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More