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/ 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.
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.
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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
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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