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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    types:
    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”
    synonyms: 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
    type of:
    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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