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verb ad·mit \əd-ˈmit, ad-\

Definition of admit


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to allow scope for :  permit <admits no possibility of misunderstanding> b :  to concede as true or valid <admitted making a mistake>

  3. 2 a :  to allow entry (as to a place, fellowship, or privilege) <an open window had admitted rain> <admitted to the club> b :  to accept into a hospital as an inpatient <he was admitted last night for chest pains>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to give entrance or access

  6. 2 a :  allow, permit <admits of two interpretations> b :  to make acknowledgment —used with to

Examples of admit in a sentence

  1. You know you're wrong! Admit it!

  2. I hate to admit it, but he's right.

  3. This ticket admits one person.

  4. He admitted them into his office.

  5. They refused to admit her to the club.

  6. The patient was very sick when she was admitted to the hospital.

  7. He was admitted last night for chest pains.

  8. The judge decided to admit the evidence.

Origin of admit

Middle English admitten, from Latin admittere, from ad- + mittere to send

First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of admit

acknowledge, admit, own, avow, confess mean to disclose against one's will or inclination. acknowledge implies the disclosing of something that has been or might be concealed <acknowledged an earlier peccadillo>. admit implies reluctance to disclose, grant, or concede and refers usually to facts rather than their implications <admitted the project was over budget>. own implies acknowledging something in close relation to oneself <must own I know little about computers>. avow implies boldly declaring, often in the face of hostility, what one might be expected to be silent about <avowed that he was a revolutionary>. confess may apply to an admission of a weakness, failure, omission, or guilt <confessed a weakness for sweets>.

ADMIT Defined for Kids


verb ad·mit \əd-ˈmit\

Definition of admit for Students


  1. 1 :  to make known usually with some unwillingness <Still, it was galling, this having to admit she was afraid. — Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting>

  2. 2 :  to allow to enter :  let in <No one under 18 is admitted.>

  3. 3 :  1permit 2, allow <This law admits no exceptions.>

Medical Dictionary


transitive verb ad·mit \əd-ˈmit, ad-\

Medical Definition of admit

admitted; admitting

  1. :  to accept (someone) into a hospital, clinic, or other treatment facility as an inpatient <he was admitted last night for chest pains>

Law Dictionary


verb ad·mit

Legal Definition of admit


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to concede as true or valid :  make an admission of

  3. 2 :  to allow to be entered or offered <admitted the document into evidence> <admit a will to probate>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to make acknowledgment —used with to <admits to the murder>

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to expose to danger or risk

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