[ ig-zempt ]
/ ɪgˈzɛmpt /

verb (used with object)

to free from an obligation or liability to which others are subject; release: to exempt a student from an examination.


released from, or not subject to, an obligation, liability, etc.: organizations exempt from taxes.


a person who is exempt from an obligation, duty, etc.
(in Britain) exon.

Origin of exempt

1325–75; (adj.) Middle English < Old French < Latin exemptus, past participle of eximere to take out, free, release, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + emptus (past participle of emere to buy, obtain); (v.) late Middle English exempten < Old French exempter, derivative of exempt


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British Dictionary definitions for exempt

/ (ɪɡˈzɛmpt) /


(tr) to release from an obligation, liability, tax, etc; excuseto exempt a soldier from drill

adjective (sometimes postpositive)

freed from or not subject to an obligation, liability, tax, etc; excusedexempt gilts; tax-exempt bonus
obsolete set apart; remote


a person who is exempt from an obligation, tax, etc

Derived forms of exempt

exemption, noun

Word Origin for exempt

C14: from Latin exemptus removed, from eximere to take out, from emere to buy, obtain
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