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

Definition of admit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 to admitted 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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb James Coleman, who led the study, was a noted sociologist and civil-rights advocate who had been arrested for demonstrating outside an amusement park that refused to admit African Americans. Ian V. Rowe, National Review, 11 Aug. 2022 The root cause analysis must admit fault and accurately explain why the seller was suspended. Lesley Hensell, Forbes, 11 Aug. 2022 Collectively, the receiver room did not produce enough in 2021, a fact that fourth-year sophomore Devaughn Vele, the team’s projected No. 1 wideout this fall, was willing to admit. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 Aug. 2022 Sweetin is no stranger to the spotlight — but the Fuller House star does admit that there are highs and lows to growing up in the public eye. Julia Emmanuele, Peoplemag, 9 Aug. 2022 Now, dsvn seeks to expand the quality of their amazing catalog with a new album that encompasses all of the situations that come with loving another individual – even the ones that people don’t want to talk about, or admit. Okla Jones, Essence, 8 Aug. 2022 In 1861, when the first Southern states seceded from the Union, Republicans in Congress had the votes to admit Kansas as the 34th state, a free state. Steve Grant, Hartford Courant, 6 Aug. 2022 The Senate on Wednesday voted to admit Sweden and Finland into NATO. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 4 Aug. 2022 The Senate voted overwhelmingly to admit Sweden and Finland into NATO, as WNBA star Brittney Griner’s trial on drug charges in Moscow nears its end. Kendra Nichols, Washington Post, 4 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Even high school graduates who plan to go to college admit to doubts. Jon Marcus, NBC News, 10 Aug. 2022 Even when people take time out, half admit to bringing their work laptops on vacation, and 41% frequently join video calls, which leaves them even more exhausted. David Morel, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 Hours after the incident, Beamish met with his accomplice and a witness, who allegedly heard Beamish admit to participating in the home invasion but didn’t know that Boerma had died from his injuries, Murphy said. William Lee, Chicago Tribune, 23 May 2022 In a separate study, of those who work from home, about 91% admit to not taking a break — not even for lunch. Ebony Williams, ajc, 6 May 2022 Meanwhile, 67% admit that failure to invest in a digital future means that there won’t be much of a future to consider. Dmitry Dolgorukov, Forbes, 26 Jan. 2022 Some two-thirds of job applicants use deceptive ingratiation, and over half admit to slight image creation, according to research by Dr. Bourdage and Dr. Roulin. New York Times, 17 Feb. 2022 Practicing and playing from January to December, with a two-month break in between, the players and Petrie admit has been a grind. Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Dec. 2021 Even those staffers who prefer the larger Blackwing admit that the smaller Blackwing is a spectacular car in its own right. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, 17 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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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.


transitive verb
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


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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