v. ad·mit·ted, ad·mit·ting, ad·mits
a. To grant to be real, valid, or true; acknowledge or concede: Even proponents of the technology admit that it doesn't always work as well as it should.
b. To disclose or confess (guilt or an error, for example). See Synonyms at acknowledge.
2. To afford opportunity for; permit: We must admit no delay in the proceedings.
a. To allow to enter: a crack in the wall that admitted some light.
b. To grant the right to enter: This ticket admits two to the performance of the play.
c. To accept into an organization or group: The college admits fine arts students.
d. To accept (someone) as an inpatient in a hospital.
e. To accept into evidence as relevant and otherwise admissible: The judge admitted the testimony of the expert.
1. To afford possibility: a problem that admits of no solution.
2. To allow entrance; afford access: a door admitting to the hall.
3. To make acknowledgment; confess: admitted to committing the crime; admitted to a weakness for sweets.
One who is admitted.
[Middle English amitten, admitten, from Old French amettre, admettre, from Latin admittere : ad-, ad- + mittere, to send.]
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