admit

verb admitted, admitting (T)
1 to accept and agree unwillingly that something is true or that someone else is right: `I was really scared,' Jenny admitted. | admit (that): You may not like her, but you have to admit that she's good at her job. | I must admit spoken (=when you are admitting something you are embarrassed about): I must admit I didn't actually do anything to help her. | come on, admit it! spoken (=used to try to make someone admit something): Come on, admit it! You were out with Keith last night? | freely/openly admit (=admit without being ashamed): Phillips openly admits to being selfish.
2 also admit to to say that you have done something wrong, especially something criminal; confess (1): admit (to) doing sth: A quarter of all workers admit to taking time off when they are not ill. | admit (to) sth: After questioning he admitted to the murder.
3 to allow someone or something to enter a public place to watch a game, performance etc: admit sb to/into: Only ticket-holders will be admitted into the stadium.
4 to allow someone to join an organization, club etc: admit sb to/into: The UK was admitted to the EEC in 1973.
5 be admitted to hospital BrE to the hospital AmE to be taken to a hospital because you are ill: He was admitted to the hospital Tuesday morning with stomach pains.
6 admit defeat to stop trying to do something because you realise you cannot succeed: Sean kept running, refusing to admit defeat.
7 an admitted alcoholic/atheist etc someone who has admitted that they are an alcoholic, etc
admit of sth phrasal verb (T) formal if a situation admits of a particular explanation, that explanation can be accepted as possible: The facts admit of no other explanation.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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  • admit — ad‧mit [ədˈmɪt] verb admitted PTandPPX admitting PRESPARTX [transitive] 1. to allow someone to enter a place or become a member of a group, organization, school etc: admit somebody/​something to something • Both republics are now hoping to be… …   Financial and business terms

  • admit — ad·mit vb ad·mit·ted, ad·mit·ting vt 1: to concede as true or valid: make an admission of 2: to allow to be entered or offered admitted the document into evidence admit a will to probate vi: to make acknowledgment …   Law dictionary

  • admit — 1. Admit of is now only used in the meaning ‘to allow as possible, leave room for’ (always with an abstract object: The circumstances will not admit of delay / It seems to admit of so many interpretations), and even here the construction seems… …   Modern English usage

  • Admit — Ad*mit , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Admitted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Admitting}.] [OE. amitten, L. admittere, admissum; ad + mittere to send: cf. F. admettre, OF. admettre, OF. ametre. See {Missile}.] 1. To suffer to enter; to grant entrance, whether into a …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • admit to — ● bail * * * admit to [phrasal verb] admit to (something) : to admit (something) : to acknowledge the truth or existence of (something) He reluctantly admitted to knowing her. [=he admitted knowing her] He admitted to his guilt. = He admitted to… …   Useful english dictionary

  • admit — [v1] allow entry or use accept, be big on*, bless, buy, concede, enter, entertain, give access, give the nod*, give thumbs up*, grant, harbor, house, initiate, introduce, let, let in, lodge, okay, permit, receive, shelter, sign*, sign off on*,… …   New thesaurus

  • admit — ► VERB (admitted, admitting) 1) confess to be true or to be the case. 2) allow to enter. 3) receive into a hospital for treatment. 4) accept as valid. 5) (admit of) allow the possibility of …   English terms dictionary

  • admit — réadmit …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • admit — (v.) late 14c., let in, from L. admittere to allow to enter, let in, let come, give access, from ad to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + mittere let go, send (see MISSION (Cf. mission)). Sense of to concede as valid or true is first recorded early 15c.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • admit of — Admit, permit, allow, bear, be capable of …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • admit — 1 *receive, accept, take Analogous words: allow, permit, suffer (see LET): *harbor, entertain, shelter, lodge, house Antonyms: eject, expel Contrasted words: *exclude, debar, shut out: bar, obstruct, block, *hinder …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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