admit

verb
ad·​mit | \əd-ˈmit, 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

admit

noun

Definition of admit (Entry 2 of 2)

US

: 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

acknowledge, agree, allow, concede, confess, fess (up), grant, own (up to)

Antonyms: Verb

deny

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Verb

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

Now, though, Cohen has admitted to lying to conceal how serious the Trump Tower Moscow project was. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "6 takeaways from Michael Cohen’s new plea deal with Mueller," 29 Nov. 2018 Facebook, though, has admitted that Stories is more popular with users than advertisers — at least for now. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Google is following Instagram and Snapchat with a big push into Stories," 24 Sep. 2018 Mazda Motor, Yamaha Motor, and Suzuki Motor have all admitted to using falsified emissions data to inspect their new vehicles. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Suzuki, Mazda, Yamaha All Used Falsified Emissions Data," 9 Aug. 2018 With that amount of creative control also comes a vulnerability that Ashley admitted is new for her in her work. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Ashley Tisdale’s “Symptoms” Turns Her Anxieties Into Pop Songs," 23 Nov. 2018 In 2012, Jackson Women’s Health filed suit against a Mississippi law requiring that doctors performing abortions have admitting privileges at a local hospital. Anna North, Vox, "How Trump helped inspire a wave of strict new abortion laws," 21 Nov. 2018 The country’s largest hospital is already full to the brim, unable to admit. Mallory Locklear, Discover Magazine, "With Big Data and Predictive Analytics, Scientists Are Getting Smarter About Outbreaks," 8 Nov. 2018 This country has far more class stratification than Americans would admit, and travel is certainly a way to remedy that. Louis Cheslaw, Condé Nast Traveler, "Journalist Fazeelat Aslam on the Importance of Listening as Travelers," 19 Oct. 2018 In 2015, a poll by 60 Minutes and Vanity Fair found that 60 percent of respondents admitted to knocking on wood. Galadriel Watson, Discover Magazine, "Why We Feel the Need to Knock On Wood," 17 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Removing preferences for race, legacy and athletics would result in a 50% increase in the number of Asian-American admits, the plaintiffs’ expert said. Nicole Hong And Melissa Korn, WSJ, "The Secrets of Getting Into Harvard Were Once Closely Guarded. That’s About to Change.," 11 Oct. 2018 Barnes did admit to being surprised by his demotion. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers recall reliever Jacob Barnes from Class AAA Colorado Springs," 27 May 2018 Twenty Insiders will win an admit-two pass to an advance screening on Tuesday July 17th, 7:30pm (ARV: $28 per prize). Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Advance Screening: MAMMA MIA!," 27 June 2018 Earlier this month, Trump proposed that the G-7 group of industrial nations re-admit Russia as a member, a suggestion that drew rebukes from some U.S. allies. David M. Jackson, USA TODAY, "White House, Kremlin officials lay plans for Trump-Putin summit as John Bolton heads to Moscow," 21 June 2018 Twenty Insiders will win an admit-two pass to an advance screening on Tuesday, June 19th, 7:30 p.m. at AMC Mayfair Mall 18 (ARV: $28 per prize). Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Advance Screening: JURASSIC WORLD," 7 June 2018 Twenty-five Insiders will win an admit-two pass to an advance screening on Tuesday, June 12th, 7:30 p.m. at AMC Mayfair Mall (ARV: $28 per prize). Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Attend an Advance Screening of TAG," 30 May 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, San Antonio Express-News, "UT-Austin keeps a large share of Texans," 4 Apr. 2018 Insiders will receive an admit two pass to an advance screening on Tuesday, November 14, 7:30 p.m. at AMC Mayfair Mall 18. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Advance Screening of Justice League," 2 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of admit

Verb

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

Noun

1974, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for admit

Verb

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; however, in most such cases examples of both alternates are attested, though in this instance no attestation of mīt- is known.

Noun

derivative of admit entry 1

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admit

verb
ad·​mit | \əd-ˈmit \
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- \
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

admit

verb
ad·​mit
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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