Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “admit”

See all translations

admit

verb uk   /ədˈmɪt/ (-tt-) us  

admit verb (ACCEPT)

B1 [T or I] to agree that something is true, especially unwillingly: He admitted his guilt/mistake. [+ (that)] She admitted (that) she had made a mistake. [+ -ing verb] She admitted making a mistake. At first he denied stealing the money but he later admitted (to) it. I wasn't entirely honest with him, I admit. [+ to infinitive] The new law was generally admitted to be difficult to enforce.admit defeat to accept that you have failed and give up: After several attempts to untie the knot, I admitted defeat and cut through it with a knife.
More examples

admit verb (ALLOW IN)

[T] to allow someone to enter a place: Each ticket admits one member and one guest. Men will not be admitted to the restaurant without a tie. literary A gap between the curtains admitted the faint glimmer of a street lamp. [T] to allow a person or country to join an organization: Spain was admitted to the European Community in 1986. [T] to allow someone to enter a hospital because they need medical care: UK She was admitted to hospital suffering from shock. US She was admitted to the hospital suffering from shock.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of admit from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of admit?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “admit” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

lamb

a young sheep, or the flesh of a young sheep eaten as meat

Word of the Day

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

by Kate Woodford,
March 25, 2015
​​​ This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both. Starting with verbs for walking slowly,

Read More 

stackin’ p

March 30, 2015
idiom slang earning a lot of money ‘That’s a very generous present.”Yeah, well, she’s stackin’ p, innit?’

Read More