[ ad-mit ]
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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.

  1. 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.

  2. to permit to exercise a certain function or privilege: admitted to the bar.

  3. to permit; allow.

  4. to allow or concede as valid: to admit the force of an argument.

  5. to acknowledge; confess: He admitted his guilt.

  6. to grant in argument; concede: The fact is admitted.

  7. 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

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

synonym study For admit

7. See acknowledge.

Other words for admit

Other words from admit

  • ad·mit·ta·ble, ad·mit·ti·ble, adjective
  • ad·mit·ter, noun
  • pre·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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

British Dictionary definitions for admit


/ (ədˈmɪt) /

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)

  1. to allow to enter; let in

  2. (foll by to) to allow participation (in) or the right to be part (of): to admit to the profession

  3. (when intr, foll by of) to allow (of); leave room (for)

  4. (intr) to give access: the door admits onto the lawn

Origin of admit

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

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