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admit (v.)
late 14c., "let in," from Latin admittere "admit, give entrance, allow to enter; grant an audience," of acts, "let be done, allow, permit," from ad "to" (see ad-) + mittere "let go, send" (see mission). Sense of "to concede in argument as valid or true" is first recorded early 15c. In Middle English sometimes also amit, after Old French amettre, which was refashioned 15c. Related: Admitted; Admitting.
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admitted (adj.)
1550s, "received," past-participle adjective from admit (v.). As "received as true or valid" from 1780 (implied in admittedly).
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readmit (v.)

also re-admit, 1610s, "to admit again," from re- "back, again" + admit. Related: Readmitted; readmitting.

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admittance (n.)
1580s, "the action of admitting," formed in English from admit + -ance (if from Latin, it would have been *admittence; French uses accès in this sense). Used formerly in figurative senses where admission now prevails. Admissure was used in this sense from mid-15c.
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usher (v.)
1590s, "conduct, escort, admit ceremoniously," from usher (n.). Related: Ushered; ushering.
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air-hole (n.)

"an opening to admit or discharge air," 1766, from air (n.1) + hole (n.).

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pre-admission (n.)

also preadmission, "previous admission; admission beforehand," 1825, from pre- + admission. Related: Pre-admit; pre-admitted.

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air-port (n.2)
"small opening in the side of a ship to admit air and light," 1788, from air (n.1) + port (n.2).
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mouse-hole (n.)

"very small hole where mice go in and out, a hole only big enough to admit a mouse," early 15c., from mouse (n.) + hole (n.).

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acknowledge (v.)
late 15c., "admit or show one's knowledge," a blend of Middle English aknow "admit or show one's knowledge" (from Old English oncnawan "understand, come to recognize," from on (see on (prep.)) + cnawan "recognize;" see know) and Middle English knowlechen "admit, acknowledge" (c. 1200; see knowledge). "By 16th c. the earlier vbs. knowledge and a(c)know ... were obs., and acknowledge took their place" [OED].

In the merger, an unetymological -c- slipped in; perhaps the explanation is that when English kn- became a simple "n" sound, the -c- stepped up to preserve, in this word, the ancient "kn-" sound. Related: Acknowledged; acknowledging.
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