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verb admit pronunciation in American English /ədˈmɪt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleadmitting
past tenseadmitted
past participleadmitted
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to agree that something is true, especially when you are unhappy, sorry, or surprised about it

    Clarke admitted his disappointment at the court’s decision, but said he would fight on.

    “I can’t sing at all,” he admitted.

    admit (that):

    Rachel admits that she had a hard time understanding the assignment.

    admit to:

    I reluctantly admitted to being nervous about the test.

    admit doing something:

    He is unwilling to admit being jealous of his brother.

    have to admit/must admit:

    It was a good effort, I have to admit.

    1. a.
      to say that you have done something wrong or illegal
      admit (that):

      She freely admits that she made mistakes.

      admit to:

      In court, he admitted to lying about the accident.

      admit doing something:

      Davis admitted driving the car into his neighbor’s tree.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to take someone into a hospital to be treated

    After collapsing, she was rushed to the hospital, where she was admitted.

    admit someone to something:

    They admitted John to the psychiatric unit.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to allow someone to enter a place, especially a public place such as a theater or museum

    Latecomers will not be admitted until the intermission.

    admit someone to something:

    A group ticket admits six people to the zoo and museum.

    1. a.
      to allow someone to become a member of an organization

      The Stock Exchange will admit six firms as new members.

      admit someone to something:

      The Baltic States were admitted to the United Nations in 1991.

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