admit (v.)

late 14c., admitten, "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).

The sense of "concede in argument as valid or true" is recorded by early 15c. In Middle English the word sometimes also was amit, after Old French amettre, which was refashioned 15c. Related: Admitted; Admitting.

updated on September 15, 2022

Definitions of admit from WordNet

admit (v.)
declare to be true or admit the existence or reality or truth of;
He admitted his errors
Synonyms: acknowledge
admit (v.)
allow to enter; grant entry to;
We cannot admit non-members into our club building
This pipe admits air
Synonyms: allow in / let in / intromit
admit (v.)
allow participation in or the right to be part of; permit to exercise the rights, functions, and responsibilities of;
She was admitted to the New Jersey Bar
admit someone to the profession
Synonyms: let in / include
admit (v.)
admit into a group or community;
We'll have to vote on whether or not to admit a new member
Synonyms: accept / take / take on
admit (v.)
afford possibility;
This problem admits of no solution
Synonyms: allow
admit (v.)
give access or entrance to;
The French doors admit onto the yard
admit (v.)
have room for; hold without crowding;
The theater admits 300 people
Synonyms: accommodate / hold
admit (v.)
serve as a means of entrance;
This ticket will admit one adult to the show
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