admit[ad mit′, əd-]
- The definition of admit means to allow someone to enter.
An example of admit is to allow all ages of people to enter into a movie.
- Admit is defined as to confess or agree that something is true.
An example of admit is to tell the truth about stealing an item from a store.
transitive verbadmitted, admitting
- to permit to enter or use; let in
- to entitle to enter: this ticket admits two
- to allow; leave room for
- to have room for; hold: the hall admits 2,500 people
- to concede or grant
- to acknowledge or confess
- to permit to practice certain functions: he was admitted to the bar
Origin of admitMiddle English admitten ; from Classical Latin admittere ; from ad-, to + mittere, to send: see mission
- to give entrance (to a place)
- to allow or warrant: with of
- to confess or own (to)
verbad·mit·ted, ad·mit·ting, ad·mits
- a. To grant to be real, valid, or true; acknowledge or concede: Even proponents of the technology admit that it doesn't always work as well as it should.b. To disclose or confess (guilt or an error, for example). See Synonyms at acknowledge.
- To afford opportunity for; permit: We must admit no delay in the proceedings.
- a. To allow to enter: a crack in the wall that admitted some light.b. To grant the right to enter: This ticket admits two to the performance of the play.c. To accept into an organization or group: The college admits fine arts students.d. To accept (someone) as an inpatient in a hospital.e. To accept into evidence as relevant and otherwise admissible: The judge admitted the testimony of the expert.
- To afford possibility: a problem that admits of no solution.
- To allow entrance; afford access: a door admitting to the hall.
- To make acknowledgment; confess: admitted to committing the crime; admitted to a weakness for sweets.
Origin of admitMiddle English amitten, admitten, from Old French amettre, admettre, from Latin admittere : ad-, ad- + mittere, to send.
(third-person singular simple present admits, present participle admitting, simple past and past participle admitted)
- To allow to enter; to grant entrance, whether into a place, or into the mind, or consideration; to receive; to take.
- A ticket admits one into a playhouse.
- They were admitted into his house.
- to admit a serious thought into the mind
- to admit evidence in the trial of a cause
- To allow (one) to enter on an office or to enjoy a privilege; to recognize as qualified for a franchise.
- to admit an attorney to practice law
- the prisoner was admitted to bail
- To concede as true; to acknowledge or assent to, as an allegation which it is impossible to deny; to own or confess.
- the argument or fact is admitted
- he admitted his guilt
- she admitted taking drugs / she admitted to taking drugs
- To be capable of; to permit. In this sense, "of" may be used after the verb, or may be omitted.
- the words do not admit such a construction.
- (intransitive) To give warrant or allowance, to grant opportunity or permission (+ of).
- circumstance do not admit of this
- the text does not admit of this interpretation
- To allow to enter a hospital or similar facility for treatment.
In the senses 3. and 4. this is a catenative verb that takes the gerund (-ing).
From Middle English admitten, amitten, from Old French admettre, amettre (“to admit”), from Latin admittō (“to allow entrance, inlet”, literally “to send to”), from ad- + mittere (“to send”).