Definition of admission in English:

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Pronunciation: /ədˈmiSHən/


1A statement acknowledging the truth of something: an admission of guilt a tacit admission that things had gone wrong a man who, by his own admission, fell in love easily
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  • By his own admission that's one of his best qualities: to bring out the best in players who are maybe not as good as some in other teams.
  • By their own admission that is way beyond their technological grasp, and may remain forever out of reach.
  • I take their complete silence on this issue as an admission that their earlier claims are unsustainable.
confession, acknowledgment, mea culpa, acceptance, concession, disclosure, divulgence
2The process or fact of entering or being allowed to enter a place, organization, or institution: I had some difficulty securing admission to the embassy the country’s admission to the UN her condition required frequent hospital admissions (as modifier admissions) the university admissions office
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  • No doubt there are some very good arguments to be had about the need to reform the exam system, and the process of university admission.
  • The nurse explains hospital admission routines and the process of being prepared for surgery.
  • Therefore, the nurse planned the evening work activities to allow time for the admission process.
admittance, entry, entrance, right of entry, access, right of access, ingress;
2.1The money charged for allowing someone to enter a public place: admission is $1 for adults and 50 cents for children
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  • The exhibition officially opens to the public today and admission is included in the normal entry price.
  • Dancing will commence from 10.30 pm and admission includes free entry into a draw for a picture.
  • This demonstration will be open to the public, and admission is E5 including tea and a raffle.
entrance fee, entry charge, cover (charge), ticket
2.2 (admissions) The number of people entering a place: hospital admissions decreased nearly 65 percent
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  • That year also saw a record number of admissions: 1.64 billion.
  • Admissions in 2003 fell to 167.3 million - 5% down on 2002's record 176 million total, the Film Council said.
  • The cinema industry has been fighting back since its lowest point in the 1980s when admissions sank to 54 million in 1984 at the height of the home video boom.


Admission traditionally referred to the price paid for entry or the right to enter: admission was $5. Admittance more often referred to physical entry: we were denied admittance by a large man with a forbidding scowl. In the sense of ‘permission or right to enter,’ these words have become almost interchangeable, although admittance is more formal and technical.


Late Middle English: from Latin admission-, from the verb admittere (see admit).

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Syllabification: ad·mis·sion

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