admit


verb (used with object), ad·mit·ted, ad·mit·ting.

  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), ad·mit·ted, ad·mit·ting.

  1. to permit entrance; give access: This door admits to the garden.
  2. to permit the possibility of something; allow (usually followed by of): The contract admits of no other interpretation.

verb -mits, -mitting or -mitted (mainly tr)

  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. (intr) to give accessthe door admits onto the lawn
v.

late 14c., “let in,” from Latin admittere “to allow to enter, let in, let come, give access,” from ad- “to” (see ad-) + mittere “let go, send” (see mission). Sense of “to concede as valid or true” is first recorded early 15c. Related: Admitted; Admitting.

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