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English definition of “ante”

ante

noun [S]     /ˈænti/
an amount of money that each person must risk in order to be part of a game: a $30 ante
up the ante (also raise the ante) to increase your demands or the risks in a situation: The question for both sides is how far to up the ante. Lenders continue to up the ante with generous new rates, bonuses, and introductory offers.
(Definition of ante noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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