admit

admit ad‧mit [ədˈmɪt] verb admitted PTandPPX admitting PRESPARTX [transitive]
1. to allow someone to enter a place or become a member of a group, organization, school etc:
admit somebody/​something to something

• Both republics are now hoping to be admitted to the IMF.

2. admit liability to accept legal liability for something:

• The multinational has now admitted liability for its negligence.

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admit UK US /ədˈmɪt/ verb (-tt-)
[I or T] to say that you have done something dishonest or have not succeeded in doing something: »

""We need to do more to attract the younger end of the market,"" the Chairman admitted.

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It can be difficult to admit mistakes in front of colleagues who may be competitors for the next promotion.

admit to sth »

Three suspects admitted to the fraud scheme during a series of interviews with federal agents.

admit (that) »

British Airways admitted last week that the credit market downturn was affecting business travel.

admit doing sth »

In court, she admitted receiving almost $1 million as ""consulting fees"".

admit guilt/failure/defeat »

The company received a discount on its fine because it admitted its guilt.

admit a charge/offence/allegation »

Several firms have been forced to admit charges of paying illegal bonuses to employees.

admit liability (for sth) — Cf. admit liability for sth
to officially give permission for a person, company, or country to join a large organization: admit sb to sth »

Over the next five years, several new countries will be admitted to the EU.

to officially give permission for someone to attend a meeting or other event: admit sb to sth »

Newspaper reporters will not be admitted to the hearing.

admit evidence — Cf. admit evidence

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • admit — ad·mit vb ad·mit·ted, ad·mit·ting vt 1: to concede as true or valid: make an admission of 2: to allow to be entered or offered admitted the document into evidence admit a will to probate vi: to make acknowledgment …   Law dictionary

  • admit — 1. Admit of is now only used in the meaning ‘to allow as possible, leave room for’ (always with an abstract object: The circumstances will not admit of delay / It seems to admit of so many interpretations), and even here the construction seems… …   Modern English usage

  • Admit — Ad*mit , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Admitted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Admitting}.] [OE. amitten, L. admittere, admissum; ad + mittere to send: cf. F. admettre, OF. admettre, OF. ametre. See {Missile}.] 1. To suffer to enter; to grant entrance, whether into a …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • admit to — ● bail * * * admit to [phrasal verb] admit to (something) : to admit (something) : to acknowledge the truth or existence of (something) He reluctantly admitted to knowing her. [=he admitted knowing her] He admitted to his guilt. = He admitted to… …   Useful english dictionary

  • admit — [v1] allow entry or use accept, be big on*, bless, buy, concede, enter, entertain, give access, give the nod*, give thumbs up*, grant, harbor, house, initiate, introduce, let, let in, lodge, okay, permit, receive, shelter, sign*, sign off on*,… …   New thesaurus

  • admit — ► VERB (admitted, admitting) 1) confess to be true or to be the case. 2) allow to enter. 3) receive into a hospital for treatment. 4) accept as valid. 5) (admit of) allow the possibility of …   English terms dictionary

  • admit — réadmit …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • admit — (v.) late 14c., let in, from L. admittere to allow to enter, let in, let come, give access, from ad to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + mittere let go, send (see MISSION (Cf. mission)). Sense of to concede as valid or true is first recorded early 15c.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • admit of — Admit, permit, allow, bear, be capable of …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • admit — 1 *receive, accept, take Analogous words: allow, permit, suffer (see LET): *harbor, entertain, shelter, lodge, house Antonyms: eject, expel Contrasted words: *exclude, debar, shut out: bar, obstruct, block, *hinder …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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