ad·​mis·​sion | \ əd-ˈmi-shən How to pronounce admission (audio) , ad- \
plural admissions

Definition of admission

1 : an act of admitting : the fact or state of being admitted: such as
a : the act of allowing something for consideration before a court A small number of jurisdictions adhere to the position that a defendant may not complain on appeal about the admission of illegally obtained evidence … if the defendant gave testimony at trial admitting possession of that evidence.— Wayne R. LaFave and Jerold H. Israel
b : the right or permission to join or enter a place, a group, etc. countries denied admission to NATO
(1) : the act or process of accepting someone as a student at a school To a large degree, American education is organized for those who are already the best educated, a fact notoriously borne out in the college admissions process, where colleges compete for the top students and are rated by the percentage of these they attract.— Gerald Graff
(2) : the fact of being accepted as a student at a school Competition for admission to these pre-K schools is so extreme that private counselors are frequently retained … to guide the parents through the application process.— Jonathan Kozol
(3) : someone who is so admitted California State University will accept no new admissions for the spring semester of 2013 … as part of a drastic cost-cutting strategy to reduce enrollment by about 16,000 students next spring, officials said Monday.— Nanette Asimov
d : the act or process of accepting someone into a hospital, clinic, or other treatment facility as an inpatient The patient was unconscious upon admission to the hospital. also : someone who is so admitted Many new admissions are discharged after a day's examination. — Hanna L. Schussheim
2 : a fee paid for entering a place (such as a theater or museum) a museum that offers reduced admission for children
3a : the granting of an argument or position not fully proved : the act of acknowledging something asserted
b : acknowledgment that a fact or statement is true
c a revealing statement an admission of failure

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Other Words from admission

admissive \ əd-​ˈmi-​siv How to pronounce admissive (audio) , ad-​ \ adjective

Examples of admission in a Sentence

the admission of evidence in a court of law His statement was interpreted as an admission of failure. They opposed the admission of women into the club. Her injuries were serious enough to require hospital admission. a large number of hospital admissions The school's standards of admission are high. He submitted an application for admission to the school.
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Recent Examples on the Web The University of Wisconsin-Madison has joined all other UW colleges in waiving its test score requirements for fall 2021 admission as students nationwide struggle to access the ACT and SAT during the pandemic. Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Students applying to UW-Madison this fall will not need ACT or SAT score," 30 July 2020 How to get Blake Shelton tickets Unlike traditional concert tickets that are bought for individual admission, each ticket for Encore Drive-In Nights will admit one passenger car, truck or SUV. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, "Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani drive-in concert is coming to Phoenix. Here's how to watch," 10 July 2020 At issue is a ballot measure that, if passed by voters, would reverse Proposition 209 from 1996 and allow race to be considered a factor for admission into state universities and in awarding of state contracts and hiring. Phil Matier,, "Oakland A’s get unwelcome feedback from Sierra Club on Howard Terminal ballpark," 5 July 2020 Because the Guymon hospital was not accepting COVID-19 cases, Mora and his wife, Teri, drove two hours to Amarillo, where he was turned away because his conditions were not considered severe enough for hospital admission. ProPublica, "She Needed Lifesaving Medication, but the Only Hospital in Town Did Not Have It," 2 July 2020 Runners who signed up will be refunded and those who qualified for the raffle for admission can defer over three years. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "New York City Marathon canceled amid ongoing concerns over coronavirus," 24 June 2020 General admission $30-$40 each sold in groups of four; tables for four $350-$600. Hector Saldana,, "Randy Rogers Band making a cautious return to live music at John T. Floore Country Store in Helotes," 23 June 2020 The Perot has set up contactless ticket and phone scanners for admission. Lisa Salinas, Dallas News, "Perot Museum of Nature and Science announces July reopening," 23 June 2020 Harvard is allowing students to apply for admission next year without submitting SAT or ACT scores, the school announced on Monday. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Harvard won't require SAT and ACT scores for next year's applicants," 16 June 2020

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First Known Use of admission

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for admission

Middle English admyssion, borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin admissiōn-, admissiō "controlled mating (of animals), admittance to an interview," from admittere "to admit entry 1" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action

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The first known use of admission was in the 15th century

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3 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Admission.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce admission (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of admission

: the act of admitting or allowing something
: a statement or action by which someone admits a weakness, fault, etc.
: the right or permission to enter a place


ad·​mis·​sion | \ əd-ˈmi-shən How to pronounce admission (audio) \

Kids Definition of admission

1 : acknowledgment by someone of something about him or her that has not been proved an admission of guilt
2 : the right or permission to enter admission to college
3 : the price of entrance Museum admission is ten dollars.


ad·​mis·​sion | \ əd-ˈmi-shən, ad- How to pronounce admission (audio) \

Medical Definition of admission

: the act or process of accepting someone into a hospital, clinic, or other treatment facility as an inpatient The patient was unconscious upon admission to the hospital. also : someone who is so admitted Many new admissions are discharged after a day's examination. — Hanna L. Schussheim, The Washington Post, 20 Apr. 1988

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Legal Definition of admission

1 : the act or process of admitting admission into evidence
2a : a party's acknowledgment that a fact or statement is true

Note: In civil cases admissions are often agreed to and offered in writing to the court before trial as a method of reducing the number of issues to be proven at trial.

b : a party's prior out-of-court statement or action that is inconsistent with his or her position at trial and that tends to establish guilt — compare confession, declaration against interest at declaration

Note: Under the Federal Rules of Evidence an admission is not hearsay. Silence can sometimes be construed as an admission where a person would reasonably be expected to speak up.

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