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ante-, ante, anti-; auntie, aunty
ante- (AN tee) (noun )
A prefix meaning "before": The novel was set in the antebellum South.
ante (AN tee) (verb)
1. In poker, to put up a stake before the cards are dealt, or before drawing new cards: The dealer waited until everyone had a chance to ante up before he dealt the cards.
2. Often used figuratively to mean to put up money, to cover costs: Parents are usually expected to ante up, or to pay, for their children's college education.
3. To increase an amount or level; such as, to raise the cost or price of something: The popular actress first demanded twice the salary offered to her but then she kept upping the ante.
4. To increase the risk or possible harm that could result from something: The new law ups the ante, or increases penalties, for people who cheat on their taxes.
anti- (AN tigh, AN tee) (noun).
A prefix meaning against or contrary: Miguel is definitely antiwar because there had to be better ways to settle international disputes.

Exceptions: antipasto (Italian, where anti-, means "before" + pasto "food") and anticipate.

auntie, aunty (AN tee, AUN tee) (nouns)
An informal way of saying "aunt": Tamara, Sonia's favorite auntie, was coming to visit that night.

Tanya's favorite auntie was always interested in the life styles and customs of the antebellum Southern states; however, she was also known to be very anti-oppressive of the poor and oppressed.

So, Tanya's aunt used her influence to ante up the commitment of the community to create a food bank.

A unit related to: “ante-
(Latin: before, in front of, prior to, forward; used as a prefix)