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English definition of “admit”

admit

verb (ACCEPT)    /ədˈmɪt/ (-tt-)
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 mak ing 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 .Admitting and confessing 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 .Admitting and confessingLosing and being defeatedScoring, winning and losing in sport
(Definition of admit verb (ACCEPT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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