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 toadmitted 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

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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb If any aliens ever encounter and decode the message—which scientists admit is unlikely—they’ll find images of Arecibo telescope, our solar system, DNA and a stick figure of a human, portrayed in sequences of ones and zeroes. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "A Cable Snapped, and the Arecibo Observatory Went Dark. Here’s Why That Matters," 31 Aug. 2020 Short of a pardon, Snowden can admit wrongdoing in exchange for a probation sentence. Star Tribune, "Trump should make a deal with Edward Snowden," 28 Aug. 2020 The Ohio Department of Health has issued a mandate that schools can only admit 1,500 spectators or 15 percent of their seating capacity for games. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Coronavirus restrictions in Ohio for Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020," 26 Aug. 2020 Conversely, there’s more to President Trump’s economic achievements in his first three years than his detractors admit, and this debate is crucial to how well the economy recovers after Covid-19. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Remember the Trump Economy?," 25 Aug. 2020 These initiatives include additional funding for all mainstream public schools that admit non-Chinese speaking students with special needs, and partnerships with NGOs to expand minority employment opportunities. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Spat at, segregated, policed: Hong Kong's dark-skinned minorities say they've never felt accepted," 21 Aug. 2020 In December of 2018, Brewer entered an Alford plea, which allows a defendant to claim innocence but admit enough evidence exists to lead to a possible conviction. oregonlive, "Marco Brewer, ex-UCLA commit who pleaded guilty to felony coercion, appears bound for Oregon State football," 19 Aug. 2020 Arab and Palestinian officials privately admit another weakness: the presence of over 200,000 Palestinians who live and work in the UAE and a further 200,000 across the Gulf. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, "Feeling betrayed by UAE, Palestinians seek to redefine struggle," 19 Aug. 2020 Not only does Ava admit to not being able to name a single candidate in Hong Kong’s upcoming election, but the novel itself would rather gawk at lavish parties and designer handbags than spend any time among the lower or middle classes. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "Has Self-Awareness Gone Too Far in Fiction?," 19 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, PEOPLE.com, "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 Clune told the Wisconsin State Journal that the university’s swift decision to re-admit Cephus may have broken the law. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "After Re-Admitting Quintez Cephus, Wisconsin Could Face a Tough Legal Battle," 7 Sep. 2019 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 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 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. Christine Smallwood, Harper's Magazine, "In Harm’s Way," 30 Mar. 2020

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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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The first known use of admit was in the 15th century

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“Admit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/admit. Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for admit

admit

verb
How to pronounce admit (audio)

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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