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

Managing all of this technology can be time-consuming for team members, Severson admits. Gwen Moran, Fortune, "Better Communication Tools Can Radically Improve Workplaces—If Managers Can Convince Workers to Speak Up," 8 June 2019 While pleas are not entered in courts in the German judicial system, Hoegal admitted to 43 killings and disputed five in his most recent trial. Fox News, "German serial killer nurse sentenced to life in prison for murder of 85 patients," 7 June 2019 Little, who grew up in Lorain, has admitted to killing 93 women in 19 states in a crime spree that spanned three decades. John Caniglia, cleveland.com, "Convicted serial killer Samuel Little charged in the slayings of two Cincinnati women," 7 June 2019 John McWhorter, a linguistics professor at Columbia, argues the lack of gifted and talented programs in New York City elementary and middle schools is one reason why few minority students are admitted to the city’s top high schools. Allison Schrager, Quartz, "How young is too young to begin preparing for a career?," 6 June 2019 Residents from the region will be admitted for free, and proceeds from ticket sales will benefit a MONCA summer youth program as well as the Paradise Art Center, an arts-education nonprofit. Caitlin Harrington, Outside Online, "A Muralist Paints the Camp Fire's Wreckage," 6 June 2019 Veterans, active military, children under age 5 and students currently enrolled Elgin Community College with school identification will be admitted for free. Gloria Casas, Elgin Courier-News, "Johnnycakes, 1860s fashion and battle scenes all part of the Civil War Experience this weekend in Elgin," 6 June 2019 Marc Stein: This is a must-win game whether the Raptors will admit it or not. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, "How the Raptors Won Game 3 of the N.B.A. Finals," 5 June 2019 Melody admits to feeling guilty by even considering taking a break. Hospice Cincinnati, Cincinnati.com, "Caring for the caregiver: Why self-care is essential," 5 June 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 Removing preferences for race, legacy and athletics would result in a 50% increase in the number of Asian-American admits, the plaintiffs’ expert said. Nicole Hong And Melissa Korn, WSJ, "The Secrets of Getting Into Harvard Were Once Closely Guarded. That’s About to Change.," 11 Oct. 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

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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; however, 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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