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··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 for admit

1. receive. 6. own, avow.

Synonym study

6. See acknowledge. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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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 for admit

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 re-admit

also readmit, 1610s, from re- "back, again" + admit. Related: Readmitted; readmitting.



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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