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.

Primary Meanings of admit

1.
v
declare to be true or admit the existence or reality or truth of
2.
v
allow to enter; grant entry to
Full Definitions of admit
1

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

“He admitted his errors”
Synonyms:
acknowledge
Antonyms:
deny
declare untrue; contradict
Types:
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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

v 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
2

v 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
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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Types:
repatriate
admit back into the country
readmit
admit anew
Type of:
allow, countenance, let, permit
consent to, give permission

v 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
Type of:
do, serve
spend time in prison or in a labor camp

v give access or entrance to

“The French doors admit onto the yard”

v 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”
Synonyms:
include, let in
accept, take, take on
admit into a group or community
Antonyms:
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
Type of:
allow, countenance, let, permit
consent to, give permission

v 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
Types:
profess
receive into a religious order or congregation
Type of:
accept, have, take
receive willingly something given or offered

v have room for; hold without crowding

“The theater admits 300 people”
Synonyms:
accommodate, hold
contain, hold, take
be capable of holding or containing
Types:
sleep
be able to accommodate for sleeping
house
contain or cover
seat
be able to seat

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