ad·​mit | \ əd-ˈmit How to pronounce admit (audio) , ad- \
admitted; admitting

Definition of admit

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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 Of those who plan to indulge in a few revenge purchases, the 2021 McKinsey consumer sentiment report found that around half of consumers admit to being pandemic-fatigued and intend to splurge on things like high-end fashion, beauty, and electronics. Moneytips, cleveland, "5 ways to revenge spend without financial regret," 25 Apr. 2021 Such an agreement generally involves requiring a company to admit to wrongdoing, agree to initiate reforms, cooperate with prosecutors, pay a fine and promise not to commit additional crimes. Mark Gillispie, Star Tribune, "FirstEnergy in talks on deferred prosecution agreement," 23 Apr. 2021 Research group Magid said one-third of all subscribers admit to sharing with at least one other person, but others believe the numbers are far greater. Jj Kinahan, Forbes, "Netflix Earnings: Another Quarter, Another Subscriber Numbers Game," 16 Apr. 2021 The Boston school system has been struggling for decades to admit students to its three exam schools in a way that reflects the district’s demographics., "Civil rights leaders say Boston exam school decision could lead to a permanent change in admissions policy," 16 Apr. 2021 The San Francisco Chronicle begins revealing secret grand jury testimony from several major baseball players, during which some of the baseball players admit to steroid use. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, "BALCO Fast Facts," 15 Apr. 2021 The Sacklers’ motivation, Keefe suggests, was simple greed, and they were aided in this project by a pair of noxious family traits: the refusal to admit error and a shocking inability to empathize. Los Angeles Times, "Review: A new exposé is an air-tight indictment of the family behind the opioid crisis," 13 Apr. 2021 Smith said Congress does have the authority to admit new states, but in his analysis this authority would be irrelevant for the unique case of Washington since the federal district was described and created in Article 1 of the Constitution itself. Ashraf Khalil,, "DC’s long-simmering statehood push begins with contentious hearing in Congress," 23 Mar. 2021 The Constitution does not establish any prerequisites for new states, but its Admissions Clause gives Congress the authority to admit new states. Donna M. Owens, Essence, "Congress Holds Hearing To Consider Washington D.C. Statehood," 22 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Last year alone, 16,628 candidates applied to both schools; just 1,520 gained an acceptance, a mere 9.1% admit rate. John Byrne, Forbes, "The Stories They Tell: What Successful MBA Admits Tell Harvard & Stanford," 20 Apr. 2021 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

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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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