ad|mit [ əd`mıt ] verb ***
1. ) intransitive or transitive to agree that something is true, especially when you are unhappy, sorry, or surprised about it:
Clarke admitted his disappointment at the court's decision, but said he would fight on.
I can't sing at all, he admitted.
admit (that): Rachel admits that she had a hard time understanding the assignment.
admit to: I reluctantly admitted to being nervous about the test.
admit doing something: He is unwilling to admit being jealous of his brother.
have to admit/must admit: It was a surprisingly good effort, I have to admit.
a ) to say that you have done something wrong or illegal:
She admitted two charges of handling stolen goods.
admit (that): She freely admits that she made mistakes.
admit to: In court, he admitted to lying about the accident.
admit doing something: Davis admitted driving the car into his neighbor's tree.
b ) admit defeat to accept that you cannot succeed with something and stop trying to do it:
After months of protests, the government was forced to admit defeat and abandon the policy.
2. ) transitive to take someone into a hospital to be treated:
After collapsing, she was rushed to the hospital, where she was admitted.
admit someone to something: They admitted John to the psychiatric unit.
3. ) transitive to allow someone to enter a place, especially a public place such as a theater or museum:
Latecomers will not be admitted until the intermission.
admit someone to something: A group ticket admits six people to the zoo and museum.
a ) to allow someone to become a member of an organization:
The Stock Exchange will admit six firms as new members.
admit someone to something: The Baltic States were admitted to the United Nations in 1991.
ad`mit of phrasal verb transitive FORMAL
admit of something to show that something is possible

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.


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  • admit — ad‧mit [ədˈmɪt] verb admitted PTandPPX admitting PRESPARTX [transitive] 1. to allow someone to enter a place or become a member of a group, organization, school etc: admit somebody/​something to something • Both republics are now hoping to be… …   Financial and business terms

  • admit — ad·mit vb ad·mit·ted, ad·mit·ting vt 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 vi: to make acknowledgment …   Law dictionary

  • admit — 1. Admit of is now only used in the meaning ‘to allow as possible, leave room for’ (always with an abstract object: The circumstances will not admit of delay / It seems to admit of so many interpretations), and even here the construction seems… …   Modern English usage

  • Admit — Ad*mit , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Admitted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Admitting}.] [OE. amitten, L. admittere, admissum; ad + mittere to send: cf. F. admettre, OF. admettre, OF. ametre. See {Missile}.] 1. To suffer to enter; to grant entrance, whether into a …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • admit to — ● bail * * * admit to [phrasal verb] admit to (something) : to admit (something) : to acknowledge the truth or existence of (something) He reluctantly admitted to knowing her. [=he admitted knowing her] He admitted to his guilt. = He admitted to… …   Useful english dictionary

  • admit — [v1] allow entry or use accept, be big on*, bless, buy, concede, enter, entertain, give access, give the nod*, give thumbs up*, grant, harbor, house, initiate, introduce, let, let in, lodge, okay, permit, receive, shelter, sign*, sign off on*,… …   New thesaurus

  • admit — ► VERB (admitted, admitting) 1) confess to be true or to be the case. 2) allow to enter. 3) receive into a hospital for treatment. 4) accept as valid. 5) (admit of) allow the possibility of …   English terms dictionary

  • admit — réadmit …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • admit — (v.) late 14c., let in, from L. admittere to allow to enter, let in, let come, give access, from ad to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + mittere let go, send (see MISSION (Cf. mission)). Sense of to concede as valid or true is first recorded early 15c.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • admit of — Admit, permit, allow, bear, be capable of …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • admit — 1 *receive, accept, take Analogous words: allow, permit, suffer (see LET): *harbor, entertain, shelter, lodge, house Antonyms: eject, expel Contrasted words: *exclude, debar, shut out: bar, obstruct, block, *hinder …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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