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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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Examples for admitted
  • Each year, admissions officers know that a small percentage of admitted applicants who sent deposits will not show up.
  • Countless pranksters have admitted to faking footprints.
  • They have already admitted to a tremendous string of lies.
  • Eventually, the colony admitted the trials were a mistake and compensated the families of those convicted.
  • The company admitted that it should have more thoroughly researched its choice of operating system.
  • Each minority student admitted by an elite college or university who would not have been admitted but for an affirmative-action.
  • But, last year, four of his friends admitted that they had killed him because they suspected he was an informer.
  • Later she admitted they were lovers and said she shot him after he told her he was through with her.
  • The first photos of him released were later admitted to be fake.
  • The newspaper never admitted it concocted the story.
British Dictionary definitions for admitted

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 admitted
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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