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[ad-mit] /ædˈmɪt/
verb (used with object), admitted, admitting.
to allow to enter; grant or afford entrance to:
to admit a student to college.
to give right or means of entrance to:
This ticket admits two people.
to permit to exercise a certain function or privilege:
admitted to the bar.
to permit; allow.
to allow or concede as valid:
to admit the force of an argument.
to acknowledge; confess:
He admitted his guilt.
to grant in argument; concede:
The fact is admitted.
to have capacity for:
This passage admits two abreast.
verb (used without object), admitted, admitting.
to permit entrance; give access:
This door admits to the garden.
to permit the possibility of something; allow (usually followed by of):
The contract admits of no other interpretation.
Origin of admit
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
1. receive. 6. own, avow. See acknowledge. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for admit
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  • I didn't see it just at first, and then I didn't want to admit it even to myself.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • He was forced to admit that the girl still had power to trouble him.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • I admit that the days of England's unique greatness are over.

    Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • But let it—if it must be Lovelace or Solmes, the choice cannot admit of debate.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • But then, you see, you admit yourself, it can only be ten beads!

    En Route J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans
British Dictionary definitions for admit


verb (mainly transitive) -mits, -mitting, -mitted
(may take a clause as object) to confess or acknowledge (a crime, mistake, etc)
(may take a clause as object) to concede (the truth or validity of something)
to allow to enter; let in
(foll by to) to allow participation (in) or the right to be part (of): to admit to the profession
when intr, foll by of. to allow (of); leave room (for)
(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for admit

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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