[ ig-zempt ]
/ ɪgˈzɛmpt /
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verb (used with object)
to free from an obligation or liability to which others are subject; release: A grade above B+ is required in order to exempt a student from an examination.
released from, or not subject to, a particular obligation or liability, such as income tax: Charities and other exempt organizations must still file an information return with the IRS.
U.S. Law. relating to or being an employee to whom certain obligations imposed on employers under the Fair Labor Standards Act do not apply, generally because skill level and remuneration are relatively high or work is of a kind that cannot be strictly scheduled: Executive employees and creative professionals are among those considered exempt under the FLSA.
a person who is exempt from an obligation, duty, etc.
(in Britain) exon1.
OTHER WORDS FOR exempt
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Origin of exempt
First recorded in 1325–75; (adjective) Middle English, from Old French, from Latin exemptus, past participle of eximere “to take out, free, release,” equivalent to ex- ex-1 + emptus (past participle of emere “to buy, obtain”); (verb) late Middle English exempten, from Old French exempter, derivative of adjective exempt
OTHER WORDS FROM exempt
ex·empt·i·ble, adjectivenon·ex·empt, adjective, nounpre·ex·empt, verb (used with object)qua·si-ex·empt, adjective
un·ex·empt, adjectiveun·ex·empt·ed, adjectiveun·ex·empt·i·ble, adjectiveun·ex·empt·ing, adjective
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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 exemptexemption, noun
Word Origin for exempt
C14: from Latin exemptus removed, from eximere to take out, from emere to buy, obtain
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