2 to admit that something is true, although you may not like or agree with it:
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She’s a smart woman, I grant you, but she’s no genius.
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I grant you (that) it looks good, but it’s not exactly practical.
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take it for granted (that... ) to believe something is true without first making sure that it is: I just took it for granted that he’d always be around.
take somebody/something for granted to be so used to somebody/something that you do not recognize their true value any more and do not show that you are grateful: Her husband was always there and she just took him for granted; We take having an endless supply of clean water for granted.
acknowledge • concede • confess • allow • grant
These words all mean to agree, often unwillingly, that something is true.
admit to agree, often unwillingly, that something is true: It was a stupid thing to do, I admit.
acknowledge (rather formal) to accept that something exists, is true or has happened: She refuses to acknowledge the need for reform.
concede (rather formal) to admit, often unwillingly, that something is true or logical: He was forced to concede (that) there might be difficulties.
ADMIT OR CONCEDE?
When somebody admits something, they are usually agreeing that something which is generally considered bad or wrong is true or has happened, especially when it relates to their own actions. When somebody concedes something, they are usually accepting, unwillingly, that a particular fact or statement is true or logical.
confess (rather formal) to admit something that you feel ashamed or embarrassed about: She was reluctant to confess her ignorance.
allow (formal) to agree that something is true or correct: He refuses to allow that such a situation could arise.
grant to admit that a statement or claim is true, usually while denying that a greater claim is also true: She’s an intelligent woman, I grant you, but she’s no genius; Granted, he is a beginner, but he should know the basic rules.
PATTERNS AND COLLOCATIONS
• to admit/acknowledge/concede/confess/allow/grant that...
• to admit/confess to something
• to admit/concede/confess something to somebody
• you must admit/acknowledge/concede/confess/allow/ grant something
• to hate to admit/confess something
• to admit/acknowledge the truth
• to admit/confess your mistakes/ignorance