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 & 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

Members of the community began opening up to him, admitting that they too had been assaulted, and alleging that, in many cases, their rabbis had been paid off by their abusers. Linda Stasi, Harper's magazine, "Secrets and Lies," 16 Sep. 2019 In interviews over many months, election officials across the country have admitted that vulnerabilities exist, and that Americans are right to be worried. Jessica Huseman, ProPublica, "Report on Election Security Gains Attention, and a Sharp Rebuke," 13 Sep. 2019 Canada is a particularly popular choice for Nigerians: the number of Nigerians admitted through Canada’s Express Entry program grew 30-fold between 2015 and 2017 and is on pace to increase. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Three in four Africans applying for student visas in Canada this year have been rejected," 13 Sep. 2019 Other royal family members—including Princess Eugenie, Zara and Mike Tindall, and Princess Edward and his wife Sophie—have publicly admitted to enjoying the series. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Crown's Peter Morgan Warns the Royal Family About the Show's Plotlines," 10 Sep. 2019 None of the records sought by the NCAA were ever actually admitted into evidence at last fall's trial. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "A judge just made the NCAA's investigation into Louisville basketball more difficult," 4 Sep. 2019 The following month, Gibson was admitted to the U.S. national championships at Forest Hills. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Althea Gibson, Who Smashed Through Racial Barriers in Tennis, Honored With Statue at U.S. Open," 28 Aug. 2019 Investigators: Reader admits to a gambling problem Investigators from the State Auditor's Office went back three years and allege Reader had more than $17,000 worth of gambling losses. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Auditor's report on Pike County Sheriff: Gambling, seized cash and impounded vehicles," 3 Sep. 2019 For example, the company settled a claim about an unsafe motorcycle helmet—arising from a deadly 2014 accident—for a paltry $5,000, without admitting liability. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "When it comes to product safety, Amazon says it doesn’t really sell things," 24 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Those orders built upon a longstanding federal court ruling requiring the hospital admit defendants within seven days to avoid unconstitutionally long jail stays. oregonlive.com, "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 Members will win an admit two pass to an advance screening at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24th at Cinemark Preston Crossings. The Courier-Journal, "Thank You For Your Service Advance Screening," 17 Oct. 2017 Representatives for Lurie Children’s Hospital reported three emergency room visits on Friday, one in the mid-afternoon and two after 7 p.m. The two evening admits were not drug or alcohol-related. Jessi Roti, chicagotribune.com, "Increased emergency vehicle visibility reflects an uptick in hospital transports during day 2 of Lollapalooza," 3 Aug. 2019 However, as the authors of the paper admit, there is very little research on the best measures that managers can take to improve employee well-being, or indeed which are the most cost-effective. The Economist, "Employee happiness and business success are linked," 1 Aug. 2019 And that's not all: 1 in 5 admit to shedding tears 5 times or more. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "1 in 3 Americans Cry During the Home-Selling Process, and This Is Why," 24 June 2019

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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

derivative of admit entry 1

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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.
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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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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