Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “up the ante”

See all translations

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.
Translations of “up the ante”
in Chinese (Traditional) 增加賭注, 提高要求, 提高風險…
in Chinese (Simplified) 增加赌注, 提高要求, 提高风险…
(Definition of up the ante from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “up the ante” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

christmassy

typical of Christmas, or happy because it is Christmas

Word of the Day

Cleavage proves divisive in Cambridge’s words of 2014

by Alastair Horne,
December 19, 2014
​​​​ Other dictionaries may choose faddish novelties as their words of the year, but here at Cambridge, we like to do something different. We look for the words that have seen sudden surges in searches over the course of the year – words that have been baffling users of English and driven them

Read More 

tweleb noun

December 22, 2014
informal a Twitter celebrity; (more specifically, someone who has more than 1,000 followers on Twitter) There were a few old and a few new faces, including a tweleb or two. Expect to see and hear more from these cool kids.

Read More