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admit

verb ad·mit \ əd-ˈmit , ad- \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of admit

admitted; admitting
transitive verb
1 a : to allow scope for : permit
  • admits no possibility of misunderstanding
b : to concede as true or valid
  • admitted making a mistake
2 a : 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
2 a : allow, permit
  • admits of two interpretations
b : to make acknowledgment used with to
  • admitted to having doubts

Examples of admit in a Sentence

  1. You know you're wrong! Admit it!

  2. I hate to admit it, but he's right.

  3. This ticket admits one person.

  4. He admitted them into his office.

  5. They refused to admit her to the club.

  6. The patient was very sick when she was admitted to the hospital.

  7. He was admitted last night for chest pains.

  8. The judge decided to admit the evidence.

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Origin and Etymology of 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.

Synonym Discussion of admit

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

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admit

noun

Definition of admit

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: 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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Origin and Etymology of admit

derivative of 1admit



ADMIT Defined for Kids

admit

verb ad·mit \ əd-ˈmit \

Definition of admit for Students

admitted; admitting
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 : 1permit 2, allow
  • This law admits no exceptions.

Medical Dictionary

admit

transitive verb ad·mit \ əd-ˈmit, ad- \

medical Definition of admit

admitted; admitting
: to accept (someone) into a hospital, clinic, or other treatment facility as an inpatient
  • he was admitted last night for chest pains

Law Dictionary

admit

verb ad·mit

legal Definition of admit

admitted; admitting
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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