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[ ad-mit ]

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.

    Synonyms: receive

  2. to give right or means of entrance to:

    This ticket admits two people.

  3. to register (a person) as an inpatient at a hospital:

    After seeing the test results, the emergency room doctor admitted her and put her on intravenous fluids.

  4. to permit to exercise a certain function or privilege:

    admitted to the bar.

  5. to permit; allow.
  6. to allow or concede as valid:

    to admit the force of an argument.

  7. to acknowledge; confess:

    He admitted his guilt.

    Synonyms: avow, own

  8. to grant in argument; concede:

    The fact is admitted.

  9. 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.


/ ədˈmɪt /


  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. whenintr, foll by of to allow (of); leave room (for)
  6. intr to give access

    the door admits onto the lawn

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Other Words From

  • ad·mit·ta·ble ad·mit·ti·ble adjective
  • ad·mit·ter noun
  • pre·ad·mit verb (used with object) preadmitted preadmitting
  • re·ad·mit verb readmitted readmitting
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Word History and Origins

Origin of admit1

First recorded in 1375–1425; from Latin admittere, from ad- ad- + mittere “to send, let go”; replacing late Middle English amitte, with a- a- 5 instead of ad-, from Middle French amettre, from Latin, as above
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Word History and Origins

Origin of admit1

C14: from Latin admittere to let come or go to, from ad- to + mittere to send
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Example Sentences

It’s very difficult to do a comparative cost-effectiveness analysis of different climate projects, and experts freely admit they’re not 100 percent sure they’ve made the best recommendations.

From Vox

It’s not encouraging that they’re essentially admitting they have no profitable places to invest the other 80% of their earnings.

From Fortune

In 2015, the automaker admitted that about 11 million of its diesel vehicles worldwide were fitted with devices that gave false readings during emissions tests.

From Fortune

In my household, it has led to more chaos than I would like to admit.

From Fortune

Neil Carson, the CEO of rival data startup Yellowbrick, admits that Snowflake’s software is a “brilliant innovation.”

From Fortune

President Eisenhower sent the 101st Airborne Division to force Faubus to admit the students to Central High School.

The sad fact is that more than 41 percent of trans people admit making at least one suicide attempt in their lifetime.

Fulkerson sympathizes with March, and he gets Dryfoos to admit that he should not have spoke to March as he did.

I admit, I chuckled when I read the phrase “boomtown effects” in the New York report.

The interval between possession and hell was short,” he says, “though I admit it was wonderful.

We should have to admit that the new law does little or nothing to relieve such a situation.

The case should at such times be opened for a few hours each day to admit the drying air.

However, the fires were stirred up, and things made as comfortable as circumstances would admit of.

I am of opinion too, that the Indecency of the next Verse, you spill upon me, would admit of an equal Correction.

It is a fine marble, much too hard to admit of minute carving, but taking a high polish.