ex·​empt | \ ig-ˈzem(p)t How to pronounce exempt (audio) \

Definition of exempt

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : free or released from some liability or requirement to which others are subject was exempt from jury duty the estate was exempt from taxes
2 obsolete : set apart


exempted; exempting; exempts

Definition of exempt (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to release or deliver from some liability or requirement to which others are subject exempted from military service



Definition of exempt (Entry 3 of 3)

: one exempted or freed from duty

Examples of exempt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Eligible staff continue to be exempt from a COVID-19 vaccine for religious and medical reasons. Jessica Van Egeren, Journal Sentinel, 8 Sep. 2022 In the aftermath of World War II, no one was exempt from the rationing restrictions placed on Britons – not even a future Queen. Diana Pearl, Peoplemag, 8 Sep. 2022 Inheritance from a sovereign to sovereign is exempt from the 40% inheritance tax, as was agreed with the former Prime Minister John Major in 1993 to avoid erosion of the Royal Family’s wealth. Kaitlyn Koterbski, Fortune, 8 Sep. 2022 In an order two weeks ago, Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd ruled the report should not be exempt from the state's open records law. Joe Sonka, The Courier-Journal, 6 Sep. 2022 Merchandise can be a major profit center, but even sales aren’t exempt from the effects of the heat. Adam Met, Rolling Stone, 4 Sep. 2022 The district responded to the suit by asserting that since its board zones were redrawn to reflect population shifts described in the Census, the school system was exempt under the law the plaintiffs cited from conducting a full election. John Lynch, Arkansas Online, 30 July 2022 The Free Lancers Union is a membership organization exempt under 501(c)(4) based in Brooklyn. Peter J Reilly, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 Photos, video and audio recordings of autopsies are already exempt from public disclosure under Florida’s public records laws. al, 17 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb More significantly, the enterprise zone program and another package of tax breaks — the Strategic Investment Program — routinely exempt the expensive computers inside the data centers from property taxes that other businesses pay. oregonlive, 8 Sep. 2022 While registering the golf course as a cemetery would exempt it from taxes, the former president already found a way to slash his tax bill for the New Jersey club by registering it as a farm, the Huffington Post reported in 2019. Chloe Taylor, Fortune, 1 Aug. 2022 Newsom’s proposal would exempt the Diablo Canyon extension from the California Environmental Quality Act. Sammy Rothstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 18 Aug. 2022 To avoid some of the obvious mechanisms for environmental groups to sue to block the deal, the potential legislation will exempt the extended operation from additional reviews under state environmental regulations. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 15 Aug. 2022 The compromise plan will exempt Ireland, Cyprus and Malta, island nations with little flexibility to seek alternative energy sources in the event of shortages, because they are not connected to the continent’s complex system of pipelines. New York Times, 26 July 2022 The bill does exempt the payments from state income tax. Kathleen Pender, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 July 2022 For example, Maryland will now exempt baby products like diapers and bottles, while Louisiana is exempting some prescription drugs. Gabriela Lopez Gomes, Forbes, 30 June 2022 Coleman said her proposal would exempt the patient from prosecution and only targets providers and other private groups that arrange for a procedure out of state. Rachel Scott, ABC News, 28 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun One additional player may be added to each draw as a special exempt. Adam Baum, The Enquirer, 20 July 2022 The electric-car maker clashed with Fremont officials last month over whether its factory was an essential business exempt from shutdown orders. BostonGlobe.com, 26 Apr. 2020 Donations made directly to the NRA would not qualify as tax exempt. Stephen Gandel, CBS News, 27 Nov. 2019 The rustic retreat boasts 28 acres, 27 of which are classified as agricultural exempt improved pasture land, according to Milliorn. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, 3 Sep. 2019 The Senate plan also places sales taxes on upgrades to homes and buildings -- such as installing new window treatments and new roofs -- that are currently tax exempt. Julia O'donoghue, NOLA.com, 3 June 2018 Harrisburg is burdened by the fact that a majority of its real estate is owned by the state or is tax exempt. Michaelle Bond, Philly.com, 16 Mar. 2018 By the end of the current abatement, the building will have been tax exempt for 15 years. Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, 13 Dec. 2017 The department is taking more steps to detect fraud, including checking the IRS website to see if an organization really is tax exempt, said Jeff Fleming, spokesman for the department. Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 Nov. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of exempt


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2


15th century, in the meaning defined above


1532, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for exempt


Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin exemptus, past participle of eximere to take out — more at example

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More Definitions for exempt


ex·​empt | \ ig-ˈzempt How to pronounce exempt (audio) \

Kids Definition of exempt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: free or released from some requirement that other persons must meet or deal with I'm exempt from the test.


exempted; exempting

Kids Definition of exempt (Entry 2 of 2)

: to release from a requirement that others must meet


ex·​empt | \ ig-ˈzempt How to pronounce exempt (audio) \

Legal Definition of exempt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: free or released from some obligation or duty to which others are subject : not subject or liable certain properties are declared to be exempt and cannot be taken by a person's creditors— J. H. Williamson


transitive verb

Legal Definition of exempt (Entry 2 of 2)

: to release or exclude from some liability (as in taxation), obligation, or duty to which others are subject exempts the income of a spendthrift trust— W. M. McGovern, Jr. et al.

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