[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. exempli gratia,
  2. exemplification,
  3. exemplificative,
  4. exemplify,
  5. exemplum,
  6. exempt carrier,
  7. exemption,
  8. exencephaly,
  9. exenterate,
  10. exenteration

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 Formsexemption, noun

Word Origin for exempt

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

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