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

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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 In reaching the settlement, Stockbridge did not admit any wrongdoing. Leon Stafford, ajc, "Stockbridge settles lawsuit against Mayor Pro Tem for $1.7 million," 15 Apr. 2021 The most worn item in my wardrobe has become the sweatsuit—and admit it, it’s yours, too! Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Why It’s Time to Ditch Comfort This Spring," 14 Apr. 2021 Lady Bird was operating in a Washington that still did not admit women to the National Press Club. Washington Post, "Delving deep into the legacy of Lady Bird Johnson," 9 Apr. 2021 When someone uses this link and/or password to join the meeting, there will be an option to admit them. Sakshi Udavant,, "How to use Zoom," 1 Apr. 2021 Woke cliques have worsened campus culture, even if nobody, particularly the school administration, wants to admit it. Tristan Yang, National Review, "Columbia University’s Ultra-Woke Idea: Segregated Graduation Ceremonies," 23 Mar. 2021 The ability to admit you were wrong or didn’t know something is real power and growth. Shonda Rhimes, Glamour, "It’s Good to Be Difficult: Shonda Rhimes’s Leadership Lessons," 3 Mar. 2021 That would be the way someone who hurt themselves would admit it to a mainstream stand-up comedy crowd. Dan Reilly, Vulture, "8 Comedians Break Down Their Favorite Stand-up Closers Ever," 24 Feb. 2021 Advocates hope that change will aid patients who are struggling to find medical providers willing or able to admit them to the cannabis program. The Salt Lake Tribune, "New cannabis bill would give Utah a 15th marijuana pharmacy," 18 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun More selective schools have undergraduate admit rates below 50%. Douglas Belkin, WSJ, "College Admission Season Is Crazier Than Ever. That Could Change Who Gets In.," 16 Mar. 2021 The duo admit to sharing a love of rubbing their hands up and down the shaved portions. Rosy Cordero,, "Demi Lovato says cutting her hair helped her find freedom: 'I feel more authentic'," 22 Feb. 2021 And those, like Brantley, who’d as soon endure a week’s worth of sensitivity training as admit to using one of these hyper-trendy ballistic newcomers. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, "The 6.5 Creedmoor Lover’s (and Hater’s) Gift Guide," 21 Dec. 2020 The agreement requires that ComEd admit wrongdoing, pay a $200 million fine and cooperate with investigators in return for dismissal of the charge later. Michael Tarm, Star Tribune, "ComEd pleads not guilty in alleged influence-peddling scheme," 5 Aug. 2020 According to the federal government, there have been 368 cases in the past three years, and that is almost certainly an undercount, as even the officials in charge of record keeping admit. Seth Harp, Harper's Magazine, "In Harm’s Way," 27 Apr. 2020 In general, since the start of coronavirus in the United States, three in four admit to using streaming services more. Lindsay Kimble,, "Parents Allowing Kids to Watch More Movies and TV Shows During Coronavirus Pandemic, Survey Says," 15 Apr. 2020 According to the federal government, there have been 368 cases in the past three years, and that is almost certainly an undercount, as even the officials in charge of record keeping admit. Seth Harp, Harper's Magazine, "In Harm’s Way," 27 Apr. 2020 Clune told the Wisconsin State Journal that the university’s swift decision to re-admit Cephus may have broken the law. Michael Mccann,, "After Re-Admitting Quintez Cephus, Wisconsin Could Face a Tough Legal Battle," 7 Sep. 2019

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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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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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