admit - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participleadmitting
past tenseadmitted
past participleadmitted
  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 (got) to admit/must admit:

    It was a good effort, I’ve got 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 causing death by careless driving.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to take someone into hospital for medical treatment

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

    admit someone to something:

    They admitted John to the psychiatric unit of the Royal Covenant Hospital.

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

    Latecomers will not be admitted until the interval.

    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.

phrasal verbs