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verb (used with object), ad·mit·ted, ad·mit·ting.
  1. to allow to enter; grant or afford entrance to: to admit a student to college.
  2. to give right or means of entrance to: This ticket admits two people.
  3. to permit to exercise a certain function or privilege: admitted to the bar.
  4. to permit; allow.
  5. to allow or concede as valid: to admit the force of an argument.
  6. to acknowledge; confess: He admitted his guilt.
  7. to grant in argument; concede: The fact is admitted.
  8. to have capacity for: This passage admits two abreast.
verb (used without object), ad·mit·ted, ad·mit·ting.
  1. to permit entrance; give access: This door admits to the garden.
  2. to permit the possibility of something; allow (usually followed by of): The contract admits of no other interpretation.

Origin of admit

1375–1425; < Latin admittere, equivalent to ad- ad- + mittere to send, let go; replacing late Middle English amitte, with a- a-5 (instead of ad-) < Middle French amettre < Latin, as above
Related formsad·mit·ta·ble, ad·mit·ti·ble, adjectivead·mit·ter, nounhalf-ad·mit·ted, adjectivehalf-ad·mit·ted·ly, adverbnon·ad·mit·ted, adjective, nounnon·ad·mit·ted·ly, adverbpre·ad·mit, verb (used with object), pre·ad·mit·ted, pre·ad·mit·ting.re·ad·mit, verb, re·ad·mit·ted, re·ad·mit·ting.un·ad·mit·ted, adjectiveun·ad·mit·ted·ly, adverbwell-ad·mit·ted, adjective

Synonyms

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1. receive. 6. own, avow.

Synonym study

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.

  • Mortimer compromised by admitting that he had probably forgotten it.

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser

  • I have no hesitation whatever in admitting that I have mine.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • He longed to hear Hinde admitting that he had been mistaken in John's quality.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • Roden led the way into the house, admitting himself with a latch-key.

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman


British Dictionary definitions for admitting

admit

verb -mits, -mitting or -mitted (mainly tr)
  1. (may take a clause as object) to confess or acknowledge (a crime, mistake, etc)
  2. (may take a clause as object) to concede (the truth or validity of something)
  3. to allow to enter; let in
  4. (foll by to) to allow participation (in) or the right to be part (of)to admit to the profession
  5. (when intr, foll by of) to allow (of); leave room (for)
  6. (intr) to give accessthe door admits onto the lawn

Word Origin

C14: from Latin admittere to let come or go to, from ad- to + mittere to send
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for admitting

admit

v.

late 14c., "let in," from Latin admittere "to allow to enter, let in, let come, give access," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + mittere "let go, send" (see mission). Sense of "to concede as valid or true" is first recorded early 15c. Related: Admitted; Admitting.

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