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admit (one) to

1. To permit one to enter. This ticket will admit you to the art exhibit. We were admitted to the club after we showed the security guard our identification.
2. To confess or acknowledge a personal wrongdoing. When used in this way, there is no noun or pronoun between "admit" and "to." "To" can be followed by either the misdeed or the recipient of the confession. Beth finally admitted to cheating on the test. Ryan would not admit to his parents that he had damaged their car.
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admit someone (in)to (some place)

to allow someone to enter some place. They refused to admit us into the theater.
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admit something to someone

to confess something to someone. Harry admitted his error to his uncle.
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admit to something

to acknowledge or confess something; to acknowledge or confess to having done something. Max would not admit to anything.
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admit to

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.
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When the president of the United States, the leader of the House of Representatives, various younger and photogenic members of Congress, numerous legislative and White House aides and assorted entertainment types admit to doing drugs, is it any wonder that drug use among teens would show a dramatic increase?
As found by Nationwide's survey, even those who perceive themselves as safe drivers admit to doing outlandish things behind the wheel, including changing clothes, balancing a checkbook and shaving.
Going ZZZ mph: Nearly three out of four of participants admit to driving while less than alert.
More than a third of those who admit to daydreaming, fixing their hair, talking on their cell phone, sending texts, checking their BlackBerry or reading, say they do it regardless of weather conditions.
25 percent of Northeasterners admit to having road rage but so do 26 percent of Southerners and 21 percent of western respondents.
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