admit

[ad-mit]
verb (used with object), admitted, admitting.
1.
to allow to enter; grant or afford entrance to: to admit a student to college.
2.
to give right or means of entrance to: This ticket admits two people.
3.
to permit to exercise a certain function or privilege: admitted to the bar.
4.
to permit; allow.
5.
to allow or concede as valid: to admit the force of an argument.
6.
to acknowledge; confess: He admitted his guilt.
7.
to grant in argument; concede: The fact is admitted.
8.
to have capacity for: This passage admits two abreast.
verb (used without object), admitted, admitting.
9.
to permit entrance; give access: This door admits to the garden.
10.
to permit the possibility of something; allow (usually followed by of ): The contract admits of no other interpretation.

Origin:
1375–1425; < Latin admittere, equivalent to ad- ad- + mittere to send, let go; replacing late Middle English amitte, with a- a-5 (instead of ad-) < Middle French amettre < Latin, as above

admittable, admittible, adjective
admitter, noun
half-admitted, adjective
half-admittedly, adverb
nonadmitted, adjective, noun
nonadmittedly, adverb
preadmit, verb (used with object), preadmitted, preadmitting.
readmit, verb, readmitted, readmitting.
unadmitted, adjective
unadmittedly, adverb
well-admitted, adjective


1. receive. 6. own, avow. See acknowledge.
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admit (ədˈmɪt)
 
vb (when intr, foll by of) , -mits, -mitting, -mitted
1.  (may take a clause as object) to confess or acknowledge (a crime, mistake, etc)
2.  (may take a clause as object) to concede (the truth or validity of something)
3.  to allow to enter; let in
4.  (foll by to) to allow participation (in) or the right to be part (of): to admit to the profession
5.  to allow (of); leave room (for)
6.  (intr) to give access: the door admits onto the lawn
 
[C14: from Latin admittere to let come or go to, from ad- to + mittere to send]

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admit
early 15c., "let in," from L. admittere "to allow to enter, let in," from ad- "to" + mittere "let go, send" (see mission). Sense of "to concede as valid or true" is first recorded 1530s. Related: Admittedly (1804).
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Example sentences
Ask students to admit the truth of why they don't get their work done, not
  supply them with excuses.
Sorry you have to first admit to all of the above if you want people not see
  you as a hypocrite.
We need to admit that there are natural cycles and fire is one of them.
Deciduous trees will give you shade in summer, then admit the sun after their
  leaves drop in fall.
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