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



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

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

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


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

Schnatter admitted and apologized for using the N-word on a conference call. Jake Lourim, The Courier-Journal, "15 months of John Schnatter: A timeline of his Louisville headlines," 12 July 2018 The city admits that the space has been plagued by transients, crime and loitering. Karen Pearlman,, "Architecture students hope to freshen Lemon Grove park," 11 July 2018 Torvik admits up front that coming up with these numbers is a difficult challenge, though that hasn't stopped him from creating a multi-layered process he's developed over time. Jesse Newell, kansascity, "Whose playing time does Lagerald Vick impact most? Here's what one projection says," 10 July 2018 Still, even the strictest cynic will admit that the sport is getting cleaner. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "Stop Boycotting Pro Cycling," 6 July 2018 But under that offer to Egan, the city would not admit wrongdoing. Lewis Kamb, The Seattle Times, "Second lawsuit alleges Seattle City Council head-tax vote broke open-meetings law," 3 July 2018 In addition, nearly 34 percent of the parents admitted to reading text messages while driving with children, and almost 27 percent sent text messages while motoring. Rita Giordano,, "Parents model distracted driving in front of their kids, CHOP study finds," 12 July 2018 Schnatter admitted Wednesday and apologized for using the N-word during a May training session. Scott Boeck, USA TODAY, "Marlins suspend relationship with Papa John's after racial slur," 12 July 2018 In 2016 the high court overturned a Texas law requiring clinics that provide abortions to have surgical facilities, and mandating that doctors have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. Jeremy Wallace, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas hopes to test new Supreme Court with abortion case," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

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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; however, 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 \
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


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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