Definition of admit in English:


Syllabification: ad·mit
Pronunciation: /ədˈmit

verb (admits, admitting, admitted)

1 [reporting verb] Confess to be true or to be the case, typically with reluctance: [with clause]: the office finally admitted that several prisoners had been injured I have to admit I was relieved when he left [with direct speech]: “I am feeling pretty tired,” Jan admitted [with object]: she admitted her terror of physical contact
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  • But today, the Secretary of the Defence Department admitted that wasn't true.
  • Even members of his own administration have admitted that is not true.
  • At the trial she admitted that was not true because something did happen.
1.1 [with object] Confess to (a crime or fault, or one’s responsibility for it): he was sentenced to prison after admitting 47 charges of burglary [no object]: he had admitted to a long history of sexual misconduct
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  • But now Mr Smith has discovered that the van driver will not face any charge, despite admitting responsibility.
  • ‘He's been badly advised,’ he remarked of the midfielder's decision, as if the real crime was in admitting the offence.
  • Judge Hans Bachl threw out the confession when the trial opened, although he admitted the crime during proceedings.
1.2Acknowledge (a failure or fault): after searching for an hour, she finally had to admit defeat [no object]: he admits to having lied
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  • Perhaps he is admitting his failures and incompetence as a teacher in front of a council of which he is the president.
  • Yet despite essentially admitting failure in completing their task, not one of these people resigned as an act of taking responsibility.
  • Meanwhile, the Advocate General admitted government's failure to comply with court orders.
2 [with object] Allow (someone) to enter a place: senior citizens are admitted free to the museum
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  • When will bar management realise that they are not doing customers a favour by admitting them to their bar, without customers there would be no bar.
  • I almost didn't come because I was afraid you would ask me to tell you what I know before admitting me to your cloister.
  • The placid grey door whisked open as he approached, admitting him to his dark cabin.
let in, allow entry, permit entry, take in, usher in, show in, receive, welcome
2.1(Of a ticket) give (someone) the right to enter a place: the voucher admits up to four people to the theme park
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  • A family ticket at £15 admits two adults and children to the Paddock Enclosure, and though Longchamp is considerably more expensive, how can I miss it?
  • There is also a £50 family ticket available to admit two children and two adults.
  • There is a cover charge for this event, a single ticket costs 5 and 10 will admit an entire family.
2.2Carry out the procedures necessary for (someone) to be received into a hospital for treatment: she was admitted to the hospital suffering from a chest infection
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  • Parra and her colleagues began monitoring the breathing of stroke patients shortly after they were admitted to hospital following strokes and calculated an apnoea index for each one.
  • Hospital chiefs are so aware of MRSA they are beginning to test patients before they are admitted to hospital.
  • Three days after seeing his father, Mr Craven received a call that he had been admitted to Airedale Hospital with pneumonia.
2.3Allow (a person, country, or organization) to join an organization or group: Canada was admitted to the League of Nations
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  • The same year, South Africa was admitted to the ORGANIZATION OF AFRICAN UNITY and rejoined the Commonwealth.
  • The dairy groups note that once China is admitted to the World Trade Organization, the country will cut tariffs on key dairy products by ‘as much as five-fold, making imported dairy products less expensive to Chinese consumers.’
  • In return for Putin's support, Washington will remove economic sanctions and admit Russia to the World Trade Organization.
accept to/into, receive into, enroll in, enlist into, register into
2.4Allow (someone) to share in a privilege: the doctrine held that only a chosen few were admitted to the covenant
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  • The 1792 Act removed the legal bar to Catholics holding corporate office, but inasmuch as corporations continued to decline to admit them to the freedom, this was a nugatory achievement.
2.5 [with object] Accept as valid: the courts can refuse to admit police evidence that has been illegally obtained
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  • But Johnson dismissed this argument, and allowed his police statement to be admitted as evidence.
  • The confession, however, was drafted in the UK, and the Bulgarian court refused to admit it as evidence in support of Shields.
  • In my view, refusing to admit this evidence does not amount to ‘taking a technical position’.
3 [no object] (admit of) Allow the possibility of: the need to inform him was too urgent to admit of further delay
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  • Good and evil are to be defined as absolutes on religious authority, admitting of neither critical judgement nor reduction.
  • Perhaps this wouldn't be so bad should the revisability of logic and mathematics permit their ultimately admitting of a justification that didn't involve experience.
  • In an international environment consisting of sovereign states, admitting of no higher authority, order is sufficiently vulnerable.


late Middle English: from Latin admittere, from ad- 'to' + mittere 'send'.

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