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To yield to the opposition or accept that one is wrong in some pursuit. Well, I ran a good campaign, but it is time I admitted defeat in this election.
admit someone (in)to (some place)
to allow someone to enter some place. They refused to admit us into the theater.
admit something into something
to allow something to be introduced into something else. You cannot admit this document into the body of evidence!
admit something to someone
to confess something to someone. Harry admitted his error to his uncle.
admit to something
to acknowledge or confess something; to acknowledge or confess to having done something. Max would not admit to anything.
To allow someone or something to enter or be a part of something: This school does not admit students into a degree program without a high school diploma. The judge admitted the documents into evidence. We were admitted into the theater even though we were very late.
To allow the possibility of something: This problem admits of two very different solutions.
1. To confess something to someone: I didn't want to admit my crimes to them. At first they lied, but later they admitted to the police that they had stolen the bicycle.
2. To confess something: He will never admit to feeling jealous. She admitted to her lies.