admit, confess

admit, confess
See confess.

Dictionary of problem words and expressions. . 1975.

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  • confess — confessable, adj. confessingly, adv. /keuhn fes /, v.t. 1. to acknowledge or avow (a fault, crime, misdeed, weakness, etc.) by way of revelation. 2. to own or admit as true: I must confess that I haven t read the book. 3. to declare or… …   Universalium

  • confess — con•fess [[t]kənˈfɛs[/t]] v. i. 1) to acknowledge or avow (a fault, crime, misdeed, or weakness) by way of revelation 2) to own or admit as true; concede: I must confess that I haven t read it[/ex] 3) rel to declare or acknowledge (one s sins),… …   From formal English to slang

  • admit — See admit, allow See admit, confess See confess, admit …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • confess — See admit, confess See confess, admit …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • admit — ad·mit vb ad·mit·ted, ad·mit·ting vt 1: to concede as true or valid: make an admission of 2: to allow to be entered or offered admitted the document into evidence admit a will to probate vi: to make acknowledgment …   Law dictionary

  • confess — con·fess /kən fes/ vt: to admit (as a charge or allegation) as true, proven, or valid unless you answer, the petition shall be taken as confessed vi: to make a confession con·fes·sor /kən fe sər/ n Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law …   Law dictionary

  • Confess — Con*fess , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Confessed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Confessing}.] [F. confesser, fr. L. confessus, p. p. of confiteri to confess; con + fateri to confess; akin to fari to speak. See 2d {Ban}, {Fame}.] 1. To make acknowledgment or avowal… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • confess, admit — Confess means to declare, own, or admit as true and is closely related in meaning to grant and concede. When one confesses some crime or wrongdoing, he admits it and also accepts responsibility for the soundness of that admission. I confess that… …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • confess — [kən fes′] vt. [ME confessen < OFr confesser < ML(Ec) * confessare < L confessus, pp. of confiteri, to acknowledge, confess < com , together + fateri, to acknowledge; akin to fari, to speak: see FAME] 1. a) to admit (a fault or crime) …   English World dictionary

  • admit — 1. Admit of is now only used in the meaning ‘to allow as possible, leave room for’ (always with an abstract object: The circumstances will not admit of delay / It seems to admit of so many interpretations), and even here the construction seems… …   Modern English usage

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