W1S2 [ədˈmıt] v past tense and past participle admitted present participle admitting
1¦(accept truth)¦
2¦(accept blame)¦
3¦(allow to enter)¦
4¦(allow to join)¦
6 admit defeat
7 admit evidence
Phrasal verbs
 admit of something
[Date: 1300-1400; : Latin; Origin: admittere, from ad- 'to' + mittere 'to send']
1.) ¦(ACCEPT TRUTH)¦ [I and T]
to agree unwillingly that something is true or that someone else is right
'Okay, so maybe I was a little bit scared,' Jenny admitted.
admit (that)
You may not like her, but you have to admit that she's good at her job.
admit to sb (that)
Paul admitted to me that he sometimes feels jealous of my friendship with Stanley.
I must admit , I didn't actually do anything to help her.
Admit it! I'm right, aren't I?
admit (to) doing sth
Dana admitted feeling hurt by what I had said.
freely/openly/frankly etc admit
(=admit without being ashamed)
Phillips openly admits to having an alcohol problem.
2.) ¦(ACCEPT BLAME)¦ [I and T]
to say that you have done something wrong, especially something criminal
= ↑confess
≠ ↑deny admit doing sth
Greene admitted causing death by reckless driving.
admit to (doing) sth
A quarter of all workers admit to taking time off when they are not ill.
After questioning, he admitted to the murder.
No organization has admitted responsibility for the bombing.
3.) ¦(ALLOW TO ENTER)¦ [T]
to allow someone to enter a public place to watch a game, performance etc
→↑admittance, admission ↑admission admit sb to/into sth
Only ticket-holders will be admitted into the stadium.
4.) ¦(ALLOW TO JOIN)¦ [T]
to allow someone to join an organization, club etc
admit sb to/into sth
Drake was admitted into the club in 1997.
5.) ¦(HOSPITAL)¦ [T]
if people at a hospital admit someone, that person is taken in to be given treatment, tests, or care
What time was she admitted?
be admitted to hospital
BrE be admitted to the hospital
6.) admit defeat
to stop trying to do something because you realize you cannot succeed
For Haskill, selling the restaurant would be admitting defeat.
7.) admit evidence
to allow a particular piece of ↑evidence to be used in a court of law
Courts can refuse to admit evidence obtained illegally by police.
admit of [admit of sth] phr v
if a situation admits of a particular explanation, that explanation can be accepted as possible
The facts admit of no other explanation.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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