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admit

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of admit

  1. 1 to accept the truth or existence of (something) usually reluctantly the host of the talk show eventually admitted that she hadn't actually read the book you can't bring yourself to admit your mistakes Synonyms of admit acknowledge, agree, allow, concede, confess, fess (up), grant, own (up to) Words Related to admit disburden, unburden, unload; affirm, avow, confirm, profess; accept, recognize, yield; announce, break, broadcast, communicate, declare, disclose, divulge, impart, proclaim, publish, reveal, spill, tell, unveil; betray, blab, expose, give away, inform, leak, rat, squeal, talk, tattle, tip (off), warn, wise (up); breathe, say, whisper Phrases come clean (about) Near Antonyms of admit disallow, disavow, disclaim, disown; contradict, dispute, gainsay, negate, negative; rebut, refute, reject, repudiate; conceal, cover (up), hide, obscure, veil; kid (oneself) Antonyms of admit deny

  2. 2 to offer entrance (as to a place, school, or privilege) to she was admitted to Harvard Synonyms of admit enter, receive, take Words Related to admit entertain, welcome; fellowship; confirm, ratify Near Antonyms of admit decline, disallow, disapprove, dismiss, refuse, reject; blackball, blacklist, ostracize; banish, deport, exile, expel, oust, throw out Antonyms of admit ban, bar

  3. 3 to make an acknowledgment of something unpleasant as true or valid I admit to some suspicions about the new neighbors Synonyms of admit confess, cop (to) [slang], fess (up), own (up)Words Related to admit blab, talk, tattle; babble, spillNear Antonyms of admit clam up, hush, quiet (down), shut up

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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