Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To permit to enter: A crack in the wall admitted some light.
  • transitive v. To provide the right or a means of entrance to: A ticket that admits the whole group.
  • transitive v. To permit to exercise the rights, functions, or privileges of: was admitted to the bar association.
  • transitive v. To have room for; accommodate.
  • transitive v. To afford opportunity for; permit: We must admit no delay in the proceedings.
  • transitive v. To grant to be real, valid, or true; acknowledge: admit the truth. See Synonyms at acknowledge.
  • transitive v. To grant as true or valid, as for the sake of argument; concede.
  • intransitive v. To afford possibility: a problem that admits of no solution.
  • intransitive v. To allow entrance; afford access: a door admitting to the hall.
  • intransitive v. To make acknowledgment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To suffer to enter; to grant entrance, whether into a place, or into the mind, or consideration; to receive; to take
  • transitive v. To give a right of entrance.
  • transitive v. To allow (one) to enter on an office or to enjoy a privilege; to recognize as qualified for a franchise
  • transitive v. To concede as true; to acknowledge or assent to, as an allegation which it is impossible to deny; to own or confess
  • transitive v. To be capable of; to permit. In this sense, of may be used after the verb, or may be omitted.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To suffer to enter; grant or afford entrance to: as, to admit a student into college; windows admit light and air; to admit a serious thought into the mind.
  • To give right or means of entrance to: as, a ticket admits one into a theater; this key will admit you to the garden.
  • To permit to exercise a certain function; grant power to hold a certain office: as, he was admitted to the bar; to admit a man to the ministry.
  • To have capacity for the admission of at one time: as, this passage admits two abreast.
  • To grant in argument; receive as true; concede; allow: as, the argument or fact is admitted.
  • To permit, grant, allow, or be capable of: as, the words do not admit such a construction. See II.
  • To acknowledge; own; confess: as, he admitted his guilt.
  • To give warrant or allowance; grant opportunity or permission: with of: as, circumstances do not admit of this; the text does not admit of this interpretation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. serve as a means of entrance
  • v. declare to be true or admit the existence or reality or truth of
  • v. have room for; hold without crowding
  • v. afford possibility
  • v. allow participation in or the right to be part of; permit to exercise the rights, functions, and responsibilities of
  • v. admit into a group or community
  • v. give access or entrance to
  • v. allow to enter; grant entry to

Etymologies

Middle English amitten, admitten, from Old French amettre, admettre, from Latin admittere : ad-, ad- + mittere, to send.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Because we admit things to be true which are not true, we _admit_, then _commit_ sin, and hence suffer for sin.

    The Right Knock A Story

  • And I do assure you, Jim, that you couldn't have married me _validly_ from here -- and think how awful it would be, to love as much as we love and then find out that we were not _validly_ married -- and when you come to my home, and fetch me away from there, you will admit -- yes really _admit_ -- that I was right.

    The Mistress of Shenstone

  • What the GOP won't admit is the the Lt. Governor is even worse, in their humble opinion: more moral but less stable ... why can't the GOP find good candidates????

    Sanford defends expensive travel, denies divorce

  • Jacob, I have to admit, is cute just not as hot as Edward.

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  • The question why legal pleadings, laws, and contracts are structured more like magical charms than we would like to admit is an interesting one and I have a working theory though much more work is needed to properly trace it.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Debating Textualism

  • That has hardly been studied at all, and I admit is a bit of topic.

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  • Tod Thank you for the critique on my writing skills or lack of them, which I shamefully admit is a weak point, I have to admit to being more interested in substance over presentation, but the fact that you have responded to my critique of you, leads me to believe that you understand my poor grammar just fine.

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  • This, I regretfully, admit, is what happened with Jim Lahey's No Knead Bread.

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  • The CIA has earlier been described as "wearing body armor in headquarters ... which should tell you all you need to know" while the military contractor dudes, "Black Forest" (get it, get it?) have been described as "assassins in polo shirts," which I must admit is a nice touch.

    the a-team

  • But what she absolutely refuses to admit is the fact that none of us WANTS to be a hack.

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