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"admit" in British English

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admitverb

uk   us   /ədˈmɪt/ (-tt-)
  • admit verb (ACCEPT)

B1 [T or I] to ​agree that something is ​true, ​especiallyunwillingly: He admitted his ​guilt/​mistake. [+ (that)] She admitted (that) she had made a ​mistake. [+ -ing verb] She admitted making a ​mistake. At first he ​deniedstealing the ​money but he ​later admitted (to) it. I wasn't ​entirelyhonest 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 ​faintglimmer of a ​streetlamp. [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 ​medicalcare: UK She was admitted to ​hospitalsuffering from ​shock.US She was admitted to the ​hospitalsuffering from ​shock.
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(Definition of admit from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"admit" in American English

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admitverb

 us   /ədˈmɪt, æd-/ (-tt-)
  • admit verb (ACCEPT)

to ​recognize or ​accept something as ​true: [T] He admitted his ​guilt. [+ (that) clause] She admitted (that) she had made a ​mistake.
  • admit verb (ALLOW IN)

[T] to ​allow someone or something to ​enter: Each ​ticket admits one ​member and a ​guest.
admittance
noun [U]  us   /ədˈmɪt·əns, æd-/
He was ​refused admittance to the ​club.
(Definition of admit from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"admit" in Business English

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admitverb

uk   us   /ədˈmɪt/ (-tt-)
[I or T] to say that you have done something dishonest or have not ​succeeded in doing something: "We need to do more to ​attract the younger end of the ​market," the Chairman admitted. It can be difficult to admit mistakes in ​front of ​colleagues who may be ​competitors for the next ​promotion.admit to sth Three ​suspects admitted to the ​fraudscheme during a ​series of ​interviews with ​federalagents.admit (that) British Airways admitted last week that the ​creditmarketdownturn was affecting ​businesstravel.admit doing sth In ​court, she admitted receiving almost $1 million as "​consultingfees".admit guilt/failure/defeat The ​company received a ​discount on its ​fine because it admitted its guilt.admit a charge/offence/allegation Several ​firms have been ​forced to admit ​charges of ​payingillegalbonuses to ​employees.
admit liability (for sth) LAW to admit that you are ​legallyresponsible for something that has ​harmed someone: As ​part of the ​agreement, the ​chairman and his ​affiliates do not admit any ​liability or ​wrongdoing.
to ​officially give ​permission for a ​person, ​company, or country to ​join a large ​organization: admit sb to sth Over the next five ​years, several new countries will be admitted to the EU.
to ​officially give ​permission for someone to ​attend a ​meeting or other ​event: admit sb to sth Newspaper reporters will not be admitted to the ​hearing.
admit evidence LAW if a ​court of ​law admits ​evidence or admits something as ​evidence, it ​allows something to be used to decide whether someone is guilty of a ​crime: Prosecutors ​asked the ​court to admit the recordings as ​evidence.
(Definition of admit from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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