Meaning of admit

admit




When you admit something, you confess that it happened. It wasn’t easy to admit that you’d broken the vase, but how else could you explain that your hand was glued to it?

Besides meaning “confess,” admit can also mean “let in,” like a theater ticket that says “ADMIT ONE.” If you admit that you have a bag of popcorn hidden in your backpack, you might not be admitted to the movie. A doorway admits you into a room, and if a room can hold up to 50 people, that room admits 50. You can even use admit for metaphorical entrances, like the way your wild style admits you into high fashion circles.

Definitions of admit
  1. verb

    declare to be true or admit the existence or reality or truth of

    “He
    admitted his errors”
    synonyms:

    acknowledge

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    Antonyms:

    deny

    declare untrue; contradict
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    attorn

    acknowledge a new land owner as one’s landlord
    write off

    concede the loss or worthlessness of something or somebody
    make no bones about

    acknowledge freely and openly
    sustain

    admit as valid
    concede, confess, profess

    admit (to a wrongdoing)
    confess

    confess to God in the presence of a priest, as in the Catholic faith
    confess, fink, squeal

    confess to a punishable or reprehensible deed, usually under pressure
    avouch, avow

    admit openly and bluntly; make no bones about
    fess up, make a clean breast of, own up

    admit or acknowledge a wrongdoing or error
    type of:

    adjudge, declare, hold

    declare to be

  2. verb

    afford possibility

    “This problem
    admits of no solution”
    synonyms:

    allow

    allow, allow for, leave, provide

    make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain
  3. verb

    allow to enter; grant entry to

    “We cannot
    admit non-members into our club building”
    “This pipe
    admits air”
    synonyms:

    allow in, intromit, let in

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    Antonyms:

    refuse, reject, turn away, turn down

    refuse entrance or membership
    disdain, freeze off, pooh-pooh, reject, scorn, spurn, turn down

    reject with contempt
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    repatriate

    admit back into the country
    readmit

    admit anew
    type of:

    allow, countenance, let, permit

    consent to, give permission

  4. verb

    serve as a means of entrance

    “This ticket will
    admit one adult to the show”
    Synonyms:

    allow in, intromit, let in

    allow to enter; grant entry to
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    type of:

    do, serve

    spend time in prison or in a labor camp

  5. verb

    give access or entrance to

    “The French doors
    admit onto the yard”

  6. verb

    allow participation in or the right to be part of; permit to exercise the rights, functions, and responsibilities of

    admit someone to the profession”
    “She was
    admitted to the New Jersey Bar”
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    include, let in

    accept, take, take on

    admit into a group or community
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    exclude, keep out, shut, shut out

    prevent from entering; shut out
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    induct, initiate

    accept people into an exclusive society or group, usually with some rite
    readmit

    admit again or anew
    involve

    engage as a participant
    drag, drag in, embroil, sweep, sweep up, tangle

    force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action
    entangle, mire

    entrap
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    allow, countenance, let, permit

    consent to, give permission

  7. verb

    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

    include, let in

    allow participation in or the right to be part of; permit to exercise the rights, functions, and responsibilities of
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    profess

    receive into a religious order or congregation
    type of:

    accept, have, take

    receive willingly something given or offered

  8. verb

    have room for; hold without crowding

    “The theater
    admits 300 people”
    synonyms:

    accommodate, hold

    contain, hold, take

    be capable of holding or containing
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    types:

    sleep

    be able to accommodate for sleeping
    house

    contain or cover
    seat

    be able to seat

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