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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.
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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.
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