Verb admit Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


admit (third-person singular simple present admits, present participle admitting, simple past and past participle admitted)

  1. (transitive) To allow to enter; to grant entrance, whether into a place, or into the mind, or consideration; to receive; to take.
  2. (transitive) To allow (one) to enter on an office or to enjoy a privilege; to recognize as qualified for a franchise.
  3. (transitive) To concede as true; to acknowledge or assent to, as an allegation which it is impossible to deny; to own or confess.
  4. (transitive) To be capable of; to permit. In this sense, "of" may be used after the verb, or may be omitted.
  5. (intransitive) To give warrant or allowance, to grant opportunity or permission (+ of).
  6. (transitive) To allow to enter a hospital or similar facility for treatment.

More definition: allow to enter; grant or afford entrance to, to admit a student to college. give right or means of entrance to, This ticket admits two people. permit to exercise a certain function or privilege, admitted to the bar. permit; allow. allow or concede as valid, to admit the force of an argument. acknowledge; confess, He admitted his guilt. grant in argument; concede, The fact is admitted. have capacity for, This passage admits two abreast. permit entrance; give access, This door admits to the garden. permit the possibility of something; allow (usually followed by of), The contract admits of no other interpretation.

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 OriginC14, from Latin admittere to let come or go to, from ad- to + mittere to sendCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
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.


At least I admit I'm jealous - and I have every reason to be.

Hard as it was to admit, the embrace and the kiss had been comforting.

I was wrong and I admit it.

I was wrong and I admit it.

You've wanted this all your life; admit it.

She gasped, surprised he'd admit to what he'd done.

"Okay, I admit someone else said they found this on his blog and said I should call," Sofia said.

Unwilling to admit to the bonds let alone talk about them, Deidre focused on the girl.

She acts like you should spank her and force her admit to doing something she considers really bad.

As much as he hated to admit it, Darkyn wasn't one to wait to claim debts owed him.

Well, I have to admit he's all of those.

It's not so bad to admit you were wrong, is it?

His chest felt tight, but he refused to admit his pain.

"In all my publications, where the matter would admit, I have been an advocate for commerce, because I am a friend to its effects," he once wrote.

She takes tramps in the woods, plunging through the underbrush, where she is scratched and bruised; yet you could not get her to admit that she is hurt, and you certainly could not persuade her to stay at home next time.

The animal merely makes a bed, which he warms with his body, in a sheltered place; but man, having discovered fire, boxes up some air in a spacious apartment, and warms that, instead of robbing himself, makes that his bed, in which he can move about divested of more cumbrous clothing, maintain a kind of summer in the midst of winter, and by means of windows even admit the light, and with a lamp lengthen out the day.

Bilibin and the rest of "ours" burst out laughing in Hippolyte's face, and Prince Andrew saw that Hippolyte, of whom--he had to admit--he had almost been jealous on his wife's account, was the butt of this set.

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