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ex·​empt ig-ˈzem(p)t How to pronounce exempt (audio)
: free or released from some liability or requirement to which others are subject
was exempt from jury duty
the estate was exempt from taxes
obsolete : set apart


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exempted; exempting; exempts

transitive verb

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


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: one exempted or freed from duty

Examples of exempt in a Sentence

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Anyone born in the city is also exempt, as are minors under 14. Elisabetta Povoledo, New York Times, 4 Apr. 2024 The outlet reported that the deputy’s son is exempt from a mugshot because his mother is a law enforcement officer. Emily Palmer, Peoplemag, 1 Apr. 2024 Restaurants operating inside a grocery establishment are exempt, as are restaurants producing and selling bread as a stand-alone menu item. Terry Chea, Fortune, 31 Mar. 2024 The young men of the Haredim, as they are known in Hebrew, are in all practical terms exempt from mandatory military services – an issue that has bedeviled Israeli society since the country’s founding. Mick Krever, CNN, 29 Mar. 2024 The Defense Department and intelligence agencies are exempt from sharing their use of AI, though. Deepa Shivaram, NPR, 29 Mar. 2024 Those who decide to kickstart a commercial activity like an B&B or artisan boutique in the ancient district are exempt from paying taxes on waste disposal, advertisement and public space use for 10 years and granted tax credits for restructuring costs. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, 29 Mar. 2024 Netanyahu's War Cabinet, meanwhile, features centrist former military generals who have given voice to mounting frustrations among the Jewish Israeli public over the fact that the ultra-Orthodox have been exempt from service even in the midst of the Israel-Hamas war. Chantal Da Silva, NBC News, 29 Mar. 2024 Fire trucks, ambulances, and police cars are also exempt, as are bus lines like Greyhound, Megabus, and the Hampton Jitney. Aaron Katersky, ABC News, 27 Mar. 2024
But many are already serving in the military, living in occupied areas or outside Ukraine, or have jobs or disabilities that exempt them from conscription. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, arkansasonline.com, 4 Apr. 2024 The governor has denied that any special deal was cut to exempt Panera Bread. Andrew Sheeler, Sacramento Bee, 3 Apr. 2024 Fort Worth on March 19 forbade voucher discrimination for one demographic exempted from the state ban — veterans. Jaime Moore-Carrillo, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 28 Mar. 2024 The ultra-Orthodox parties were anxious to pass a law exempting religious seminary students from military service. Anshel Pfeffer, The Atlantic, 27 Mar. 2024 Generally, money received from the settlement of lawsuits and other legal remedies is taxable income unless exempted, according to the IRS. Michelle Singletary, Washington Post, 27 Mar. 2024 Besides residences, the law exempts parks, sports fields and playgrounds from the ban, as that grass serves a recreational purpose. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, 18 Mar. 2024 In Israel’s nascent days, Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion agreed with Haredi rabbis to exempt from military service 400 men studying in religious schools, or yeshivas. Mick Krever, CNN, 8 Mar. 2024 And some groups were exempted from the new rules altogether — notably, 21st Century Parks, the organization behind the Parklands of Floyds Fork. Connor Giffin, The Courier-Journal, 25 Mar. 2024
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

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Word History



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

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2


15th century, in the meaning defined above


1532, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of exempt was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Exempt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exempt. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adjective
ex·​empt ig-ˈzem(p)t How to pronounce exempt (audio)
: free or released from some requirement that others must meet or deal with


2 of 2 verb
: to make exempt

Legal Definition


1 of 2 adjective
ex·​empt ig-ˈzempt How to pronounce exempt (audio)
: 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 creditorsJ. H. Williamson


2 of 2 transitive verb
: to release or exclude from some liability (as in taxation), obligation, or duty to which others are subject
exempts the income of a spendthrift trustW. M. McGovern, Jr. et al.
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