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admit (one) to (something or some place)
To allow one to enter or become a member of some organization or place. This ticket will admit you to the art exhibit. We were admitted to the club after we showed the security guard our identification.
admit to (something)
To confess or acknowledge a personal wrongdoing. "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.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
admit someone (in)to (some place)
to allow someone to enter some place. They refused to admit us into the theater.
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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.