- to allow to enter; grant or afford entrance to: to admit a student to college.
- to give right or means of entrance to: This ticket admits two people.
- to permit to exercise a certain function or privilege: admitted to the bar.
- to permit; allow.
- to allow or concede as valid: to admit the force of an argument.
- to acknowledge; confess: He admitted his guilt.
- to grant in argument; concede: The fact is admitted.
- to have capacity for: This passage admits two abreast.
- to permit entrance; give access: This door admits to the garden.
- to permit the possibility of something; allow (usually followed by of): The contract admits of no other interpretation.
Origin of admit
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1. receive. 6. own, avow.
6. See acknowledge.
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Examples from the Web for admit
President Eisenhower sent the 101st Airborne Division to force Faubus to admit the students to Central High School.The ‘No Child’ Rewrite Threatens Your Kids’ Future
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Fulkerson sympathizes with March, and he gets Dryfoos to admit that he should not have spoke to March as he did.The Novel That Foretold the TNR Meltdown
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I admit, I chuckled when I read the phrase “boomtown effects” in the New York report.New York’s Conservative Fracking Ban
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The interval between possession and hell was short,” he says, “though I admit it was wonderful.Owning Up to Possession’s Downside
December 14, 2014
Chris Christie may be feeling a little bit lighter today, though it's unlikely he would ever admit it.Democrats Clear Christie In Bridgegate Investigation
December 5, 2014
Of this, there is an impression on my mind too strong to admit of doubt.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
He was forced to admit that the girl still had power to trouble him.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
But let it—if it must be Lovelace or Solmes, the choice cannot admit of debate.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Wretched Man, who is shameless enough to admit that he likes it.
His justification would then be too conclusive to admit of question.
- (may take a clause as object) to confess or acknowledge (a crime, mistake, etc)
- (may take a clause as object) to concede (the truth or validity of something)
- to allow to enter; let in
- (foll by to) to allow participation (in) or the right to be part (of)to admit to the profession
- (when intr, foll by of) to allow (of); leave room (for)
- (intr) to give accessthe door admits onto the lawn
C14: from Latin admittere to let come or go to, from ad- to + mittere to send
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Word Origin and History for admit
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