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Definition of admit verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they admit
    he / she / it admits
    past simple admitted
    -ing form admitting
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    accept truth
  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] admit (to somebody) (that…) to agree, often unwillingly, that something is true synonym confess It was a stupid thing to do, I admit. + speech “I'm very nervous,” she admitted reluctantly. admit to something Don't be afraid to admit to your mistakes. admit to doing something She admits to being strict with her children. admit something He admitted all his mistakes. She stubbornly refuses to admit the truth. Why don't you just admit defeat (= recognize that you cannot do something) and let someone else try ? Admit it! You were terrified! admit (that)… They freely admit (that) they still have a lot to learn. You must admit that it all sounds very strange. admit to somebody that… I couldn't admit to my parents that I was failing the course. it is admitted that… It was generally admitted that the government had acted too quickly. be admitted to be, have, etc. something The appointment is now generally admitted to have been a mistake.
  2. accept blame
  3. 2[intransitive, transitive] to say that you have done something wrong or illegal synonym confess to admit to something He refused to admit to the other charges. admit to doing something She admitted to having stolen the car. admit something She admitted theft. He refused to admit his guilt. admit doing something She admitted having driven the car without insurance.
  4. allow to enter/join
  5. 3[transitive] to allow someone or something to enter a place admit somebody/something Each ticket admits one adult. admit somebody/something to/into something You will not be admitted to the theater after the performance has started. The narrow windows admit little light into the room.
  6. 4[transitive] to allow someone to become a member of a club, a school, or an organization admit somebody The society admits all U.S. citizens over 21. admit somebody to/into something Women were only admitted into the club last year.
  7. to a hospital
  8. 5[transitive, often passive] admit somebody to/into a hospital, an institution, etc. to take someone to a hospital or other institution where they can receive special care Two crash victims were admitted to the local hospital.
  9. Thesaurusadmitacknowledge recognize concede confessThese words all mean to agree, often unwillingly, that something is true.admit to agree, often unwillingly, that something is true:It was a stupid thing to do, I admit.acknowledge (somewhat formal) to accept that something exists, is true, or has happened:She refuses to acknowledge the need for reform.recognize to admit or be aware that something exists or is true:They recognized the need to take the problem seriously.concede (somewhat formal) to admit, often unwillingly, that something is true or logical:He was forced to concede that there might be difficulties.admit or concede?When someone admits something, they are usually agreeing that something that is generally considered bad or wrong is true or has happened, especially when it relates to their own actions. When someone concedes something, they are usually accepting, unwillingly, that a particular fact or statement is true or logical.confess (somewhat formal) to admit something that you feel ashamed or embarrassed about:She was reluctant to confess her ignorance.Patterns to admit/acknowledge/recognize/concede/confess that .. to admit/confess to something to admit/concede/confess something to somebody to admit/acknowledge/recognize the truth to admit/confess your mistakes/ignorance Phrasal Verbsadmit of something
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