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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 admitting
  • In that one famous phrase, he was admitting that the subjective means more than the objective.
  • Yet without admitting it, the people are waiting for war.
  • While admitting that it may be a bit more complicated, she always picks a place to stay that is safe for the children.
  • Otherwise, it's the same as admitting these phenomena are miracles that can never be explained by science.
  • There are spiritual equivalents of science, however, seeking to understand while admitting knowledge always is incomplete.
  • At last leading scientists are admitting that the world has not been warming as predicted over the past ten years.
  • Crying while admitting a lie is purely an immature response.
  • Science is admitting when you have got it wrong and looking for a better solution.
  • He came back into the room sheepishly admitting that yes there was insulation, but bug parts as well.
  • Additionally, science is neither frightened nor diminished by admitting that there are things it doesn't know.
British Dictionary definitions for admitting

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 admitting
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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