(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”).