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admit defeat

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.
See also: admit, defeat

admit (someone or something) into

1. To allow something to be used as evidence in a trial. The prosecuting attorney tried to admit new documents into evidence.
2. To allow one membership or entry. That university only admits the best applicants into its law program. Luckily, a worker admitted us into the store, even though it was about to close.
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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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I don't mind admitting (something)

I want to tell you something, even if it might be negative, embarrassing, or puts me in a bad light. I don't mind admitting that I paid way too much money for this computer, so shop around if you're looking for one for yourself. The movie was powerful—I don't mind admitting that I was sobbing like a baby by the end of it.
See also: admit, mind

I don't mind telling you (something)

I want to tell you something, even if it might be negative, embarrassing, or puts me in a bad light. I don't mind telling you that I paid way too much money for this computer, so shop around if you're looking for one for yourself. The movie was powerful—I don't mind telling you that I was sobbing like a baby by the end of it.
See also: mind, telling

admit of (something)

To permit, allow, or suggest something. I think this plot could admit of several different endings.
See also: admit, of

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 into something

to allow something to be introduced into something else. You cannot admit this document into the body of evidence!
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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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I don’t mind adˈmitting, ˈtelling you..., etc.

used to emphasize what you are saying, especially when you are talking about something that may be embarrassing for you: I was scared, I don’t mind telling you!
See also: mind, telling

admit into

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.
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admit of

To allow the possibility of something: This problem admits of two very different solutions.
See also: admit, of

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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Raymond Ryan, 29, of no fixed address, admitted failing to answer bail.
His cousin Carl Fletcher, 28, of Old Road, in Ashtonin-Makerfield, has admitted possessing class C drugs with intent to supply.
The fact that the percentage of students admitted from Christian schools and secular schools is fairly similar is irrelevant, because the UC only launched these discriminatory policies in the last year.
Moret admitted that employees missed deadlines to enter billable hours, forgot to enter billable hours for meetings and entered different times for the same meeting.
Best, if the merger was taken into account, pro forma MetLife-Travelers consolidated admitted assets, at year-end 2004, would have been $394.
Patients 1, 9, and 10 had not been admitted to North District Hospital but were admitted directly to hospital A.
We compared the perioperative parameters of the 26 patients who had unplanned admissions with those of 26 age-matched controls who were not admitted (table 3).
The total number of African American students admitted to the most selective UC campuses was small, even under pre-CCRI admissions policies.
At Appeals, the taxpayer can be represented by anyone admitted to practice before the IRS.
In addition to screening new admissions, OBRA requires that annual reviews be conducted of residents with the designated psychiatric conditions, who were admitted prior to the implementation of OBRA, to determine if they are in need of active treatment for mental illness and therefore no longer qualify for nursing home level care.
Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) found that, far from being more qualified or even equally qualified, the average admitted legacy at Harvard between 1981 and 1988 was significantly less qualified than the average admitted nonlegacy.
While this number may seem small, it adds up to approximately 60 people - and those are just participants who admitted doing so.
Cases heard at Coventry Magistrates Court on Wednesday, January 14, included: Gerard Melody, 44, of Meriden Street, Radford, was found guilty of causing racially aggravated fear of violence, and admitted breaching a suspended sentence.
Mandy Hawkins, 20, of Newport Road, Roath, Cardiff, was bound over not to threaten, incite or use violence in the sum of pounds 50 after she admitted breaching the peace.
Geoff McKnight, the son of Gary McKnight, was admitted to UCLA as a walk-on, meaning his application was processed as a student-athlete and did not face the same stringent requirements as most UCLA students.