admit

verb
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

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: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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

Noun

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admit

verb

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.

admit

verb
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.

admit

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

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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