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exempt

[ ig-zempt ]
/ ɪgˈzɛmpt /
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verb (used with object)
to free from an obligation or liability to which others are subject; release: to exempt a student from an examination.
adjective
released from, or not subject to, an obligation, liability, etc.: organizations exempt from taxes.
noun
a person who is exempt from an obligation, duty, etc.
(in Britain) exon.
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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

exempt
/ (ɪɡˈzɛmpt) /

verb
(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
noun
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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