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admit

[ad-mit] /ædˈmɪt/
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
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
Related forms
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
Synonyms
1. receive. 6. own, avow. See acknowledge.
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British Dictionary definitions for admit

admit

/ədˈmɪt/
verb (mainly transitive) -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.
when intr, foll by of. to allow (of); leave room (for)
6.
(intransitive) to give access: the door admits onto the lawn
Word Origin
C14: from Latin admittere to let come or go to, from ad- to + mittere to send
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Word Origin and History for admit
v.

late 14c., "let in," from Latin admittere "to allow to enter, let in, let come, give access," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + mittere "let go, send" (see mission). Sense of "to concede as valid or true" is first recorded early 15c. Related: Admitted; Admitting.

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