Definition of admission in English:



  • 1A statement acknowledging the truth of something.

    ‘an admission of guilt’
    ‘a tacit admission that things had gone wrong’
    ‘a man who, by his own admission, fell in love easily’
    • ‘But the admission that he lied is not enough to prove him guilty in the eyes of the court.’
    • ‘By his own admission that's one of his best qualities: to bring out the best in players who are maybe not as good as some in other teams.’
    • ‘Hours later, came the admission that in a way they were misleading.’
    • ‘Isn't this a tacit admission that the claim is in fact correct?’
    • ‘Now Mickey, there were nearly a dozen confessions or statements, admissions, whatever you want to call them…’
    • ‘He said the admission that some civil servants went for ten years without being given permanent jobs, was not an exaggeration.’
    • ‘Indeed her case led to the admission that 500 children in the agency's care were missing.’
    • ‘It would seem more likely that an apology and an admission would have yielded a shorter ban.’
    • ‘I take their complete silence on this issue as an admission that their earlier claims are unsustainable.’
    • ‘He said he had compiled his notebook and recorded the admission that the appellant had hit the postman at 7.45 pm that night.’
    • ‘Jason stares at Daphne, surprised by the admission that Doug's negligence bothers her.’
    • ‘Jobs kicked off his spiel with the admission that the last seven months had been pretty ropy for the manufacturer.’
    • ‘Those restrictions remained in place yesterday, despite the admission that the information on which they were based was not new.’
    • ‘By their own admission that is way beyond their technological grasp, and may remain forever out of reach.’
    • ‘The actor, by his own admission, claims that he has learnt to relax and take success and failure in his stride.’
    • ‘Behe's statement here is basically an admission that ID has made no headway as science.’
    • ‘One strength of the study is its concern with visitors, and the admission that in many ways we know little about how and why visitors react to displays.’
    • ‘I start this piece with the admission that I have been an abject failure.’
    • ‘She confirmed that he was arrested upon making the admission that he had smoked marijuana with his girlfriend.’
    • ‘What's refreshing is the admission that his campaign is at all vulnerable.’
    acknowledgement, acceptance, recognition, concession, profession, expression, declaration, confession, revelation, disclosure, divulgence, avowal, claim, unbosoming, owning up
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  • 2The process or fact of entering or being allowed to enter a place, organization, or institution.

    ‘I had some difficulty securing admission to the embassy’
    ‘the country's admission to the UN’
    ‘her condition required frequent hospital admissions’
    ‘the university admissions office’
    • ‘In what they believe to be emergency cases the Primecare doctors will contact the local ambulance service and arrange hospital admission.’
    • ‘According to the Teachers Union the Constitution gives right to the university to hold admission tests for all courses.’
    • ‘He and his companion were taken through the whole admission process.’
    • ‘There are no police reports on this incident and there is no hospital admission record for this individual.’
    • ‘Notes for all child patients have been put onto computer to allow instant access upon admission.’
    • ‘In the event admission to hospital is required and that has to be arranged before proceeding to the next visit.’
    • ‘Patient education is a dynamic, ongoing process that occurs from admission to discharge.’
    • ‘Therefore, the nurse planned the evening work activities to allow time for the admission process.’
    • ‘We have been conducting our own admission process for the past over 53 years.’
    • ‘The admission process at the college where this research took place is a four-step procedure.’
    • ‘However, that number was less than half of those actually processed for admission.’
    • ‘She arranged for another doctor to visit and organise admission to hospital.’
    • ‘Seven required hospital admission and there were no deaths.’
    • ‘After his admission to the hospital that first time I started hunting for a support group to join.’
    • ‘Sebastian was unwell but not so unwell that he required hospital admission.’
    • ‘The nurse explains hospital admission routines and the process of being prepared for surgery.’
    • ‘After July 10, the process of admission in accordance with merit was initiated in the colleges.’
    • ‘Data were collected from emergency department and hospital admission logs.’
    • ‘No doubt there are some very good arguments to be had about the need to reform the exam system, and the process of university admission.’
    • ‘Acute abdominal pain is a common surgical emergency requiring admission to hospital.’
    admittance, entry, entrance, right of entry, permission to enter, access, means of entry, ingress, entrée, acceptance
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    1. 2.1The money charged for allowing someone to enter a public place.
      ‘admission is $1 for adults and 50 cents for children’
      • ‘Some buildings charge admission but the ruins of the abbey, next to the parish church, are free.’
      • ‘I am writing in support of the council's reported proposal to reintroduce admission charges to the City Art Gallery.’
      • ‘Entry to the Armouries is free, but there is a special events charge for admission to the demonstrations.’
      • ‘I went to the Ethnographic Museum, which charged four leva admission.’
      • ‘The show will be held in the Community Sports Complex and admission is 8.’
      • ‘Dancing will commence from 10.30 pm and admission includes free entry into a draw for a picture.’
      • ‘This demonstration is open to the public, and admission is 5€ including tea and a raffle.’
      • ‘This demonstration will be open to the public, and admission is E5 including tea and a raffle.’
      • ‘Playfair does not charge admission and no attendance figures are available.’
      • ‘Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry has more than doubled its visitors after abolishing admission charges.’
      • ‘His proposal to charge admission to the city's swimming pools sparked huge debate.’
      • ‘Judges praises its hands on science gallery and also the decision to scrap admission charges, with the help of the government.’
      • ‘They all charge such extortionate admission charges they must make a fortune.’
      • ‘One of the difficulties cathedrals have is we do like to encourage visitors to come and visit but the vast majority feel it is immoral to charge admission.’
      • ‘The package includes admission with premier level access, a three-course silver service lunch and race card.’
      • ‘Car parking is free of charge and admission is £8 for adults and £4 for senior citizens and children.’
      • ‘Delaware does not record attendance figures because the facility does not charge admission.’
      • ‘He has further endeared himself to local fans by staging free tournaments or charging a mere R10 admission fee.’
      • ‘The exhibition officially opens to the public today and admission is included in the normal entry price.’
      • ‘The admission price includes free entry to the door prize, which will be raffled that day.’
      entrance fee, admission fee, entry charge, ticket
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    2. 2.2The number of people entering a place.
      ‘hospital admissions decreased nearly 65 percent’
      • ‘The cinema industry has been fighting back since its lowest point in the 1980s when admissions sank to 54 million in 1984 at the height of the home video boom.’
      • ‘That year also saw a record number of admissions: 1.64 billion.’
      • ‘Admissions in 2003 fell to 167.3 million - 5% down on 2002's record 176 million total, the Film Council said.’


Admission traditionally referred to the price paid for entry or the right to enter: admission was $5. Admittance more often referred to physical entry: we were denied admittance by a large man with a forbidding scowl. In the sense of ‘permission or right to enter,’ these words have become almost interchangeable, although admittance is more formal and technical


Late Middle English: from Latin admission-, from the verb admittere (see admit).