Definition of admit in US English:



  • 1reporting verb Confess to be true or to be the case, typically with reluctance.

    with clause ‘the office finally admitted that several prisoners had been injured’
    with direct speech ‘“I am feeling pretty tired,” Jan admitted’
    ‘I have to admit I was relieved when he left’
    with object ‘she admitted her terror of physical contact’
    • ‘She had blatantly accused me but I have to admit that it was true.’
    • ‘And he finally admitted that he didn't have a motorcycle!’
    • ‘Her defense attorney had admitted his client ran an illegal bank, but distanced her from the deadly Golden Venture.’
    • ‘A sport dominated by statistics has finally admitted that the numbers don't add up, says Dave Hannigan’
    • ‘At the trial she admitted that was not true because something did happen.’
    • ‘Even members of his own administration have admitted that is not true.’
    • ‘Months passed, and I finally admitted that my symptoms weren't going away and made an appointment with the infectious disease team.’
    • ‘Scottish Enterprise has finally admitted that something may be wrong.’
    • ‘Mackay admitted that this was probably true, and that the deadline for reviewing the books to be culled had been moved to Christmas.’
    • ‘Actually, what I think is worthy of mention is that the government has finally admitted that there's a problem.’
    • ‘Anyway… they finally admitted that the ‘Pete is dead’ thing was a hoax.’
    • ‘During one of the wettest spells this spring water bosses have finally admitted that Hampshire is likely to face a hosepipe ban.’
    • ‘But today, the Secretary of the Defence Department admitted that wasn't true.’
    • ‘When contacted by the Daily News, she admitted that it was all very true.’
    • ‘As she wiped tears from her eye I finally admitted that it had been rather amusing.’
    • ‘This year I can't even claim ‘error’ on forms, I have to admit my true age.’
    • ‘He fumbled, threw out an incorrect figure, and finally admitted that he really didn't know the correct numbers.’
    • ‘I politely refused at first, but after their urgings I finally shamefacedly admitted that I could only eat food cooked with bottled water.’
    • ‘The agency finally admitted that they weren't sure of what was going on.’
    • ‘Finally, she had admitted that she used swear words, although she had said in interview that she did not.’
    acknowledge, confess, reveal, make known, disclose, divulge, make public, avow, declare, profess, own up to, make a clean breast of, bring into the open, bring to light, give away, blurt out, leak
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    1. 1.1with object Confess to (a crime or fault, or one's responsibility for it)
      ‘he was sentenced to prison after admitting 47 charges of burglary’
      no object ‘he had admitted to all seven charges against him’
      • ‘Mr Brown would have been eligible for parole 10 years ago if he'd shown he had ‘come to terms with his offending’ by admitting the crime.’
      • ‘But now Mr Smith has discovered that the van driver will not face any charge, despite admitting responsibility.’
      • ‘Now he faces prison again after admitting fresh offences, including a bungled attempt to steal two laptops from the Great Western Hospital.’
      • ‘She admitted robbery and three charges of shoplifting and asked for five other offences to be taken into consideration.’
      • ‘The Council was fined #25,000 after admitting responsibility for the death of one of its employees.’
      • ‘He was put on probation for three years after admitting the crime.’
      • ‘Another man has admitted the crime, and DNA evidence has backed his confession.’
      • ‘One cannot just walk away from the scene of the crime without admitting wrongdoing.’
      • ‘He was sentenced to two years in prison last year after admitting the fraud, but was released within four months.’
      • ‘After examining the car, the dealer assured me there was no damage, and provided a letter admitting responsibility.’
      • ‘He is today starting six-and-a-half years in prison after admitting manslaughter and robbery in York earlier this year.’
      • ‘Reports had him admitting the crime to FBI agents, having called 911 to seek help after apparently hearing voices; later, he insisted that he was innocent.’
      • ‘But he also admitted responsibility for the problem as they stopped short of garbage disposal and did not take up environmental issues.’
      • ‘There are many ways that presidents admit responsibility besides publicly issuing the big mea culpa.’
      • ‘‘He's been badly advised,’ he remarked of the midfielder's decision, as if the real crime was in admitting the offence.’
      • ‘But last week he had his sentence cut by four years - appeal judges said he had not been given enough credit for admitting his crimes.’
      • ‘Judge Hans Bachl threw out the confession when the trial opened, although he admitted the crime during proceedings.’
      • ‘I can now report back to you, that the police have arrested a person for the theft and that they have admitted the crime.’
      • ‘He was convicted of kidnap and murder in July after he admitted the crimes.’
      • ‘Questioned in prison, he admitted both break-ins.’
      acknowledge, confess, reveal, make known, disclose, divulge, make public, avow, declare, profess, own up to, make a clean breast of, bring into the open, bring to light, give away, blurt out, leak
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    2. 1.2 Acknowledge (a failure or fault)
      ‘after searching for an hour, she finally had to admit defeat’
      no object ‘he admits to having lied’
      • ‘Rather than admit defeat, the college used the Internet to launch lecture notes and coursework assignments into cyberspace, and held whole lectures online.’
      • ‘I didn't want to move back home; I didn't want to admit defeat.’
      • ‘The good-looking wonderkid who can't ever admit defeat.’
      • ‘It takes a good leader to not only recognize, but admit defeat.’
      • ‘In his representations he admits this failure.’
      • ‘When will they be gracious enough to admit failure?’
      • ‘Jefferson admitted failure and agreed to repeal the embargo.’
      • ‘Perhaps he is admitting his failures and incompetence as a teacher in front of a council of which he is the president.’
      • ‘A sub-zero wind chased us round every corner, but since moving downstairs would be to admit defeat, we stayed put for an hour and a quarter and slowly solidified into blocks of ice.’
      • ‘I don't underestimate the challenges we face trying to increase pension coverage but I'm not prepared to admit failure yet.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, the Advocate General admitted government's failure to comply with court orders.’
      • ‘Those egomaniacs did the most difficult thing in their careers: They admitted failure.’
      • ‘He undertook his mission of preaching against the heresy with relish but was soon forced to admit failure.’
      • ‘Yet despite essentially admitting failure in completing their task, not one of these people resigned as an act of taking responsibility.’
      • ‘For some investors it is tantamount to admitting failure.’
      • ‘Cornelius, however, admits that failure to score from penalty corners is a cause for worry in the absence of the talented Jugraj Singh.’
      • ‘Are you embarrassed to swallow your pride and admit your oversight?’
      • ‘His refusal to admit failure was breathtaking.’
      • ‘So rather than admit defeat, I've changed goals.’
      • ‘Six weeks later several flustered psychiatrists had to admit failure.’
  • 2with object Allow (someone) to enter a place.

    ‘senior citizens are admitted free to the museum’
    • ‘I almost didn't come because I was afraid you would ask me to tell you what I know before admitting me to your cloister.’
    • ‘When will bar management realise that they are not doing customers a favour by admitting them to their bar, without customers there would be no bar.’
    • ‘The placid grey door whisked open as he approached, admitting him to his dark cabin.’
    • ‘Arriving at the simulator, the doors opened with their usual whir of motors, admitting her to the inside of the simulator.’
    • ‘What a lucky day Emma thought to herself as Mrs. Watson held out the yellow slip admitting her to the in school detention room.’
    let in, allow entry, permit entry, grant entrance to, give right of entry to, give access to, give admission to, accept, take in, usher in, show in, receive, welcome
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    1. 2.1 Receive (a patient) into a hospital for treatment.
      ‘she was admitted to the hospital suffering from a chest infection’
      • ‘Invasive procedures, often given to patients as soon as they are admitted to hospital with a life-threatening heart condition, do not necessarily improve survival, finds a study published on today.’
      • ‘There are costs for using Patientline, and details are provided to patients when they are admitted to hospital.’
      • ‘Patients were excluded if they were admitted to hospital for congestive heart failure in the preceding three years.’
      • ‘While the authors admit that, on average, heart-failure patients are slightly more likely to die if they are admitted to district general hospitals, there is also a wide variation between city teaching hospitals.’
      • ‘When his parents broke up, he said he might kill himself, and he was admitted to hospital and began treatment.’
      • ‘In the United Kingdom there is considerable interest in the notion of booked admissions, whereby patients are told the date they will be admitted to hospital possibly months in advance.’
      • ‘By 11, when she was admitted to a psychiatric hospital for treatment of anorexia nervosa, she weighed 42 pounds.’
      • ‘Parra and her colleagues began monitoring the breathing of stroke patients shortly after they were admitted to hospital following strokes and calculated an apnoea index for each one.’
      • ‘She confirmed that police dogs had bitten him and that he had been admitted to hospital for treatment.’
      • ‘Whiteley never missed a single episode of Countdown until he was admitted to hospital last month suffering from pneumonia.’
      • ‘If patients required observation or further testing they were admitted to hospital.’
      • ‘In November 1997, he was admitted to a hospital for treatment of a urinary tract infection.’
      • ‘Three days after seeing his father, Mr Craven received a call that he had been admitted to Airedale Hospital with pneumonia.’
      • ‘Patients were observed until they were admitted to hospital with a stroke, stopped taking their antipsychotic, died, or the study ended.’
      • ‘Hospital chiefs are so aware of MRSA they are beginning to test patients before they are admitted to hospital.’
      • ‘These have become routine in the NHS to ensure patients are fit for surgery before they are admitted to hospital, mainly in an effort to reduce the number of cancelled operations.’
      • ‘His name has rarely appeared in the media since he was admitted to hospital after suffering a stroke.’
      • ‘The Appellant had been under treatment when he was admitted to the hospital but he had failed to take his medicine since May, 2003.’
      • ‘Many more people could be diabetic but are not aware until they have been admitted to hospital for treatment.’
      • ‘For example, several patients who rang NHS Direct were admitted to hospital within 24 hours, but a significant number of these had not received advice to seek urgent medical help.’
    2. 2.2 Allow (a person, country, or organization) to join an organization or group.
      ‘Canada was admitted to the League of Nations’
      • ‘‘I believe that as this century unfolds and people look back on this day, they will conclude that in admitting China to the WTO we took a decisive step in strengthening the global economic trading system,’ he said.’
      • ‘It is believed almost certain that China will be admitted to the membership of the World Trade Organization in the first half of this year.’
      • ‘This month Anthony de Jasay reflects upon the implications of admitting Turkey to the European Union.’
      • ‘As these new elites increasingly command resources and power in China's economy, Jiang has argued, the party faces the necessity of co-opting them by admitting them to the party itself.’
      • ‘The 120-year-old Hopwood Unionist Club allows them to become associate members, but they cannot become full members, which would admit them to the games room and grant them voting rights.’
      • ‘The cause of the standoff was ASEAN's decision to admit Myanmar to the group three years ago.’
      • ‘The package deal also abolished the Allied High Commission in Germany, ended the occupation statute, and admitted Federal Germany to Nato.’
      • ‘The dairy groups note that once China is admitted to the World Trade Organization, the country will cut tariffs on key dairy products by ‘as much as five-fold, making imported dairy products less expensive to Chinese consumers.’’
      • ‘In return for Putin's support, Washington will remove economic sanctions and admit Russia to the World Trade Organization.’
      • ‘The same year, South Africa was admitted to the ORGANIZATION OF AFRICAN UNITY and rejoined the Commonwealth.’
      • ‘‘The continental body of all pool associations have admitted us to their circuit and beginning next year Zambia would be able to participate in all regional and international championships,’ he said.’
      • ‘Japanese, Vietnamese and EU foreign ministers agreed Friday to find ways this month to resolve the row between Asia and the European Union over admitting Myanmar to the Asia-Europe Meeting, a Japanese official said.’
      • ‘The present US administration would admit us to Nafta: whether or not that is a solution, it is at least a strong card to play.’
      • ‘The second episode looks at how, despite tensions, contacts happen across the continent through trade and personal exchange, and in the final programme Misha Glenny explores the prospect of admitting Turkey to the EU.’
      • ‘And in fairness to the Bush administration, they've been pretty steadfast in urging the European Union to admit Turkey to their club.’
      • ‘In 1972 he had Ivory Coast vote against admitting China to the United Nations.’
      • ‘His parents admitted him to the Thuraiyur branch of the Spastics Society of Tiruchi six years ago.’
      introduce, initiate, enrol, recruit, convert
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    3. 2.3 Allow (someone) to share in a privilege.
      ‘the doctrine held that only a chosen few were admitted to the covenant’
      • ‘The 1792 Act removed the legal bar to Catholics holding corporate office, but inasmuch as corporations continued to decline to admit them to the freedom, this was a nugatory achievement.’
  • 3with object Accept as valid.

    ‘the courts can refuse to admit police evidence that has been illegally obtained’
    • ‘In my view, refusing to admit this evidence does not amount to ‘taking a technical position’.’
    • ‘I wholly accept that the doctrine admits the hearsay statements, not only where the declarant is dead or otherwise not available but when he is called as a witness.’
    • ‘There is a difference between refusing to admit evidence and not reading it at all.’
    • ‘But as Dr. Lee said, this is the kind of evidence that has been admitted for 20 years.’
    • ‘The issue was raised as to whether similar fact evidence should be admitted considering the possibility of collusion and therefore contamination of the evidence.’
    • ‘The first was unrecorded and the trial judge refused to allow it to be admitted into evidence.’
    • ‘And some legal experts say whether this evidence is admitted could be one of the most important decisions made so far.’
    • ‘But even if the Court gets to that issue, Otis thinks it will probably find that the physical evidence should have been admitted.’
    • ‘But in a letter sent towards the end of his trial, he admitted the evidence against him ‘appears bad’.’
    • ‘Instead, the judge can admit evidence such as statements made to the police by witnesses.’
    • ‘But Johnson dismissed this argument, and allowed his police statement to be admitted as evidence.’
    • ‘But the court in the Mobley case refused to admit this evidence.’
    • ‘One is that the trial judge was wrong to admit a series of evidence including a taped police interview with him.’
    • ‘If, or when, the technique is widely accepted, a judge may have to decide whether to admit test results as evidence.’
    • ‘The District Judge took the view that ‘a judgment is a judgment is a judgment’ and refused to admit the evidence.’
    • ‘The motion to admit fresh evidence was received following the release of the Reasons for Decision.’
    • ‘The confession, however, was drafted in the UK, and the Bulgarian court refused to admit it as evidence in support of Shields.’
  • 4admit ofno object Allow the possibility of.

    ‘the need to inform him was too urgent to admit of further delay’
    • ‘That's all well and good, but that a concept admits of many shades of grey doesn't mean there's no black and white.’
    • ‘To me, art like peaks does not admit of improvement.’
    • ‘All but the most extreme pacifists will admit of a case where it might be immoral or amoral not to use force, if not to defend oneself then to defend others.’
    • ‘Perhaps this wouldn't be so bad should the revisability of logic and mathematics permit their ultimately admitting of a justification that didn't involve experience.’
    • ‘But upon ramping up the standard to what he finds minimally acceptable, the standard admits of context dependent variation.’
    • ‘Each of these questions admits of several answers, many of them equally ‘valid.’’
    • ‘It is not easy to translate these abstract generalities into terms that admit of a genuine comparison with our own democratic achievements…’
    • ‘Such provisions sometimes admit of multiple interpretations, especially when jurists ignore the relevant history and precedents.’
    • ‘This young man's perception of his career prospects admitted of no ambiguity - he was conscious of his role in the promotion of the cause of the Empire and his intellectual superiority to the common run.’
    • ‘We have post-modernism, which admits of no values which are not relative.’
    • ‘Now it's true that, to liberals, some of these principles admit of exceptions - but surely this is true of conservatives, too.’
    • ‘In the ordinary course of events, to hold a wedding ceremony is a purely private matter that admits of no indiscreet remarks from other people.’
    • ‘In an international environment consisting of sovereign states, admitting of no higher authority, order is sufficiently vulnerable.’
    • ‘It distributed about 4,000 bread and coal tickets each winter, a number which could be usefully increased if the funds of the society admitted of such extension.’
    • ‘But as I say, the situation doesn't admit of half measures.’
    • ‘As formulated, the account would appear to admit of counterexamples.’
    • ‘Good and evil are to be defined as absolutes on religious authority, admitting of neither critical judgement nor reduction.’
    • ‘Moreover, it's not even certain that philosophical problems admit of solutions at all.’
    • ‘Finally, as a little light relief, there are the questions that admit of only one possible time unit.’
    • ‘But mainstream Islam admits of succession of saints.’
    allow, permit, authorize, sanction, condone, indulge, agree to, accede to, approve of
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Late Middle English: from Latin admittere, from ad- ‘to’ + mittere ‘send’.