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

No, Brandon Davies was booted from the team after admitting to administration officials that he’d had sex with his girlfriend.
The Mormon Athlete Sex Scandal McKay Coppins March 3, 2011

Yet, while admitting that TMZ sometimes performs a valuable public service, not everyone is an unalloyed fan.
How TMZ Claims Its Celebrity Scalps, Like Ray Rice Lloyd Grove September 9, 2014

It was a classic case of admitting a shortcoming and making it a strength.
Romney’s Lame Speech Might Have Gone Better Had He Learned From Bush 1 and Al Gore Robert Shrum August 31, 2012

“I wanted to leave, and she wanted me to stay,” he said, admitting that Mulligan seemed “an odd choice” for the part.
Carey Mulligan’s Naked Turn in ‘Shame’ Lorenza Muñoz November 29, 2011

Astoundingly, judges ruled in favor of admitting the lyrics in 80 percent of those criminal trials.
Warning: These Rap Lyrics Could Put You in Jail Dean Obeidallah March 5, 2014

Historical Examples

Error with regard to facts may be committed in two ways—by admitting as facts what are not facts, and by denying facts.
Moral Principles and Medical Practice Charles Coppens

Roden led the way into the house, admitting himself with a latch-key.
Roden’s Corner Henry Seton Merriman

But there is something in it distinct from a mere embarrassment at admitting enthusiasm.
What I Saw in America G. K. Chesterton

Why, if you are so sure of it without my admitting it, why do you ask again?
In a Steamer Chair and Other Stories Robert Barr

The question of admitting our vessels into the islands under certain limitations is under consideration, and will soon be decided.
Washington and the American Republic, Vol. 3. Benson J. Lossing

verb (mainly transitive) -mits, -mitting, -mitted
(may take a clause as object) to confess or acknowledge (a crime, mistake, etc)
(may take a clause as object) to concede (the truth or validity of something)
to allow to enter; let in
(foll by to) to allow participation (in) or the right to be part (of): to admit to the profession
when intr, foll by of. to allow (of); leave room (for)
(intransitive) to give access: the door admits onto the lawn

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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