admit (one) to (something or some place)

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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.
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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.
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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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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.
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I told him that my husband was now come on board; that though we were both under the present misfortune, yet we had been persons of a different character from the wretched crew that we came with, and desired to know of him, whether the captain might not be moved to admit us to some conveniences in the ship, for which we would make him what satisfaction he pleased, and that we would gratify him for his pains in procuring this for us.
All our fourball were required to fill out forms before Security would admit us to the premises.
It lies in his willingness to admit us to his own unfinished internal dialogue, which allows us to share his struggles and strategies for going on believing.
SCOTTISH cricket is poised for its biggest boost in years when English county chiefs decide this week whether or not to admit us to the Norwich Union National League.
But from the moment staff swung the doors open to admit us to the moment they showed us out, the atmosphere and service was outstanding.
And they depended on moral leadership, trusted authorities who, as Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote a century ago, "teach us the qualities of primary nature, admit us to the constitution of things." The men and women who rose to the occasion -- school principals and politicians, journalists and doctors and priests, superintendents and citizen-advocates -- put themselves on the line, articulating both the pragmatics and the rightness of fellow feeling.