ad·​mit | \ əd-ˈmit How to pronounce admit (audio) , ad- \
admitted; admitting

Definition of admit

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transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

1 : to give entrance or access
2a : allow, permit admits of two interpretations
b : to make acknowledgment used with toadmitted to having doubts



Definition of admit (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who is admitted into a school, hospital, etc. When a patient is transferred, the nurse will take the next new admit—unless her patient is transferred to a hospital for only a temporary stay.— Sally Seaver

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Synonyms & Antonyms for admit

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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

Examples of admit in a Sentence

Verb You know you're wrong! Admit it! I hate to admit it, but he's right. This ticket admits one person. He admitted them into his office. They refused to admit her to the club. The patient was very sick when she was admitted to the hospital. He was admitted last night for chest pains. The judge decided to admit the evidence.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Error 0: Reed’s character enters after each leading man admits using an alter ego to escape proprieties of British society, such as fiscal responsibility and romantic fidelity. Don Maines, Houston Chronicle, "Veteran actress loves every moment of role in classic Oscar Wilde comedy," 19 Feb. 2020 Fuentes admitted the Russian contact initiated and directed the meetings, the DOJ said. Fox News, "Mexican national held in Florida, accused of spying on US for Russia," 19 Feb. 2020 But Manfred said Astros players admitted the scheme was used in the postseason during the league’s investigation. in seven games to win the World Series. Los Angeles Times, "Rob Manfred acknowledges Astros banged trash can in sign-stealing scheme in 2017 playoffs," 18 Feb. 2020 Kacey Musgraves will be the first person to admit that her tastes in beauty lean toward over-the-top. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "Kacey Musgraves's Makeup Artist Reveals the Secret to Those Never-Ending Eyelashes," 17 Feb. 2020 Here is an entire conference, admitting nothing is perfect and trying to figure this out. Jeff Seidel,, "Athletes are killing themselves and schools in Michigan fear their players could be next," 16 Feb. 2020 Open builds are $5 per child (kids 2 and under are admitted free). Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "From a Lego village of the Dells to a Lego Miller Park, these Wisconsin creations are amazing," 14 Feb. 2020 Hughes has admitted that during the 2017-18 school year, his school reported an enrollment of 528 students, but 453 of them were fraudulent. Craig Harris, azcentral, "Arizona charter school principal pleads guilty in $2.5 million enrollment scheme," 14 Feb. 2020 While current Bachelor Peter Weber has been diplomatic about all his girls, there is one he's admitting rubbed him the wrong way upon watching his journey play out on screen: Tammy Ly. Kathryn Lindsay,, "After Watching The Show, Peter Weber Still Has Some Beef With One Of His Former Girlfriends," 12 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Among admits who are African American, Asian American, and Hispanic, the share is less than 16% each. Robert Verbruggen, National Review, "Harvard’s ‘Legacy’ Preferences Are a National Disgrace," 23 Sep. 2019 The driver did admit there may be empty beer cans and some marijuana inside of the SUV. John Benson, cleveland, "Driver with five suspended license convictions makes its six and seven in less than 24 hours: North Royalton Police Blotter," 27 Nov. 2019 The Asian American share of admits has risen in recent years — a telltale sign, the plaintiff argued, that Harvard had adjusted its practices under pressure from the lawsuit. Nick Anderson, Washington Post, "Federal judge rules Harvard does not discriminate against Asian Americans in admissions," 1 Oct. 2019 The headline result from the paper, featured prominently in the abstract, is this: Among white admits, over 43% are ALDC. Robert Verbruggen, National Review, "Harvard’s ‘Legacy’ Preferences Are a National Disgrace," 23 Sep. 2019 Those orders built upon a longstanding federal court ruling requiring the hospital admit defendants within seven days to avoid unconstitutionally long jail stays., "Judge holds Oregon in contempt, finding state violates mentally ill defendants’ rights," 4 June 2019 In 2016, the percentage of UT-Austin enrolled students who are Hispanic, for example, was much higher among automatic admits than for the students accepted outside that state law. Lindsay Ellis, San Antonio Express-News, "UT-Austin keeps a large share of Texans," 4 Apr. 2018 In 2016, the percentage of UT-Austin enrolled students who are Hispanic, for example, was much higher among automatic admits than for the students accepted outside that state law. Lindsay Ellis, Houston Chronicle, "Out-of-state students have swarmed state flagships, but UT-Austin still has a high share of Texans," 2 Apr. 2018 To his credit, Scott kind of admits that the two of them are together. Alexis Nedd, Cosmopolitan, "Kris Jenner Confronts Scott Disick About Sofia Richie," 9 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of admit


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


1974, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for admit


Middle English admitten, borrowed from Anglo-French admitter, admetter, admettre, borrowed from Latin admittere "to allow entrance or approach," from ad- ad- + mittere "to release, let go, discharge, let fly, throw down, send (for a purpose)," perhaps going back to Indo-European *mei̯th2- "alternate, exchange, remove" (assuming sense shift "exchange" > "give, bestow" > "let go, send"), from whence, with varying ablaut grades, Sanskrit méthati "treats hostilely, abuses," mitháḥ "mutually, alternately," míthū "in opposed directions, wrongly," Avestan mōiθat̰ "will deprive," hǝ̄m.aibī.mōist "(s/he) joins," West Germanic *meiþ-a- "conceal, avoid" (presumably "remove" > "remove oneself"), whence Old English mīðan "to conceal, dissemble," Old Saxon miđan, Old High German mīdan "to avoid, shy away from, conceal"

Note: See also forms at etymology of mutable descending from a causative derivative *moi̯th2-. The short vowel and geminate consonant in mittere is usually explained as an instance of the "littera-rule" (or "Iuppiter-rule"), whereby certain pre-Latin diphthongs are resolved as either long vowel + single consonant or short vowel + geminate consonant; in most such cases examples of both alternates are attested, though in this instance no attestation of mīt- is known.


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“Admit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of admit

: to say usually in an unwilling way that you accept or do not deny the truth or existence of (something)
: to allow (someone) to enter a place
: to allow (someone) to join a club, group, etc.


ad·​mit | \ əd-ˈmit How to pronounce admit (audio) \
admitted; admitting

Kids Definition of admit

1 : to make known usually with some unwillingness Still, it was galling, this having to admit she was afraid.— Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting
2 : to allow to enter : let in No one under 18 is admitted.
3 : permit entry 1 sense 2, allow This law admits no exceptions.
ad·​mit | \ əd-ˈmit, ad- How to pronounce admit (audio) \
admitted; admitting

Medical Definition of admit

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

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admitted; admitting

Legal Definition of admit

transitive verb

1 : to concede as true or valid : make an admission of
2 : to allow to be entered or offered admitted the document into evidence admit a will to probate

intransitive verb

: to make acknowledgment used with to admits to the murder

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