[ad-mish-uh n]
  1. the act of allowing to enter; entrance granted by permission, by provision or existence of pecuniary means, or by the removal of obstacles: the admission of aliens into a country.
  2. right or permission to enter: granting admission to the rare books room.
  3. the price paid for entrance, as to a theater or ball park.
  4. an act or condition of being received or accepted in a position, profession, occupation, or office; appointment: admission to the bar.
  5. confession of a charge, an error, or a crime; acknowledgment: His admission of the theft solved the mystery.
  6. an acknowledgment of the truth of something.
  7. a point or statement admitted; concession.

Origin of admission

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin admissiōn- (stem of admissiō), equivalent to admiss-, variant stem of admittere to admit + -iōn- -ion
Related formsnon·ad·mis·sion, nounpro·ad·mis·sion, adjectivere·ad·mis·sion, noun

Synonyms for admission

1. See entrance1. 2. access. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for re-admission

Historical Examples of re-admission

  • Abolition was now added to the conditions of re-admission to the Union.

  • Perhaps she would undertake his cause, and plead for his re-admission.


    Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

  • Mr. Tyrold now prevailed for the re-admission of Mr. Westwyn, who was accompanied by his son, and followed by the Cleves family.


    Fanny Burney

  • In France, as in Germany, financial considerations induced the rulers to consent to the re-admission of the Jews.

  • He has not denied having made application for re-admission, but only an application with pledges of silence.

    The Story of My Life

    Egerton Ryerson

British Dictionary definitions for re-admission


  1. permission to enter or the right, authority, etc, to enter
  2. the price charged for entrance
  3. acceptance for a position, office, etc
  4. a confession, as of a crime, mistake, etc
  5. an acknowledgment of the truth or validity of something
Derived Formsadmissive, adjective

Word Origin for admission

C15: from Latin admissiōn-, from admittere to admit
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Word Origin and History for re-admission

also readmission, 1650s; see re- + admission.



early 15c., "acceptance, reception, approval," from Latin admissionem (nominative admissio) "a letting in," noun of action from past participle stem of admittere (see admit). Meaning "an acknowledging" is from 1530s. Sense of "a literal act of letting in" is from 1620s. As short for admission price, by 1792.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper