- 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 admitting
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Experts, however, while admitting Sandy's general genius, did not go so far as this.In the Midst of Alarms
Mortimer compromised by admitting that he had probably forgotten it.Thoroughbreds
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I have no hesitation whatever in admitting that I have mine.Her Father's Daughter
He longed to hear Hinde admitting that he had been mistaken in John's quality.The Foolish Lovers
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Roden led the way into the house, admitting himself with a latch-key.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
- (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 admitting
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