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 Two of the promoters who were charged by the SEC, Samuel D. Ellis and Sarah L. Theissen, didn’t admit or deny the allegations. Vicky Ge Huang, WSJ, 1 Aug. 2022 Many admit their bodies take an extra day or two to recover, and that’s usually when NFL teams put them out to pasture. Omar Kelly, Sun Sentinel, 29 July 2022 Beyoncé herself might admit that her seventh solo album, Renaissance, is a mess. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 29 July 2022 While my smart watch may be able to alert me to a potentially serious heart condition, will my local hospital admit me based on this solitary signal? Pratap Khedkar, STAT, 28 July 2022 Ukraine has enough weapons to keep them from losing, but not enough to defeat Russia who continues making incremental gains in the eastern Donbas region, some American officials admit. Melissa Chrise, Fox News, 24 July 2022 The company, under the settlement, did not admit guilt. Richard Ruelas, The Arizona Republic, 20 July 2022 In his opening statement, Paul Flores’ attorney Robert Sanger said the audio clip was part of a longer conversation and does not admit wrongdoing, according to KSBY. Elizabeth Wolfe, CNN, 19 July 2022 School officials admit the new policy is an experiment and may require tweaking during the year. Globe Staff,, 16 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Among non-LGBTQ people, 45% admit they are confused by all the different terms to describe people in the LGBTQ community. David Oliver, USA TODAY, 4 Nov. 2021 Dogecoin continued its recent surge Wednesday, hitting new all-time highs and making even the most skeptical admit that the vaulted $1 price goal is looking more and more achievable. Chris Morris, Fortune, 5 May 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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