exempt

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

Definition of exempt

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

exempt

verb
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

exempt

noun

Definition of exempt (Entry 3 of 3)

: one exempted or freed from duty

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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The tax-exempt group is supposed to serve the public interest without supporting or opposing specific candidates for office. Chad Day, The Seattle Times, "Right-leaning nonprofit paid Whitaker nearly $1 million," 21 Nov. 2018 From 2006 to 2013, Lerner ran the IRS’s Exempt Organizations division, which oversees organizations seeking tax-exempt status. Jane Coaston, Vox, "The pipe bomb suspect’s van, explained," 27 Oct. 2018 Much to the benefit of Her Majesty, the Sovereign Grant is tax-exempt. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "A Look at How Queen Elizabeth Has Amassed Such a Large Net Worth," 26 July 2018 The main function of the tax-exempt SMOTJ is raising money for Christian causes in the Holy Land: funding schools and scholarships in places like Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Bethany and Ramleh, and sponsoring children through Christian schools. Kristina Krug, Smithsonian, "Meet the Americans Following in the Footsteps of the Knights Templar," 28 June 2018 The new tax requirement also has led to misperceptions in the community that the Y has lost its tax-exempt status. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky nonprofits scramble to figure out state's new sales tax laws," 21 June 2018 Unlike countries in Europe, U.S. airports can issue revenue bonds on a tax-exempt basis, a strong incentive against using private capital. Daniela Altimari, courant.com, "This Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Has Big Plans For Transportation. But Will They Work?," 18 June 2018 Caldwell purchased the house in 2003 and donated it to his ministry in December 2007, enabling it to qualify for tax-exempt status. Nick Powell, Houston Chronicle, "Property tax exemption restored for Texas evangelist who ran for Congress in Arkansas," 15 June 2018 For example, the I.R.S. could seek to revoke the foundation’s tax-exempt status. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump is losing the debate over splitting up immigrant families," 15 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Non-commercial encyclopedias like Wikipedia and open-source software platforms like GitHub are also exempted from any restrictions. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "EU Passes New Copyright Rules That Could Have a Disastrous Effect," 26 Mar. 2019 The Walker administration had exempted Foxconn from Wisconsin’s usual environmental rules, allowing the new factory to discharge materials into nearby wetlands and draw as much as 7 million gallons a day from nearby Lake Michigan. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "What a new governor means for Wisconsin’s controversial Foxconn factory," 7 Nov. 2018 Nonprofits and homeowners can be exempted, although the most effective partnerships include everyone. BostonGlobe.com, "Should Massachusetts allow cities and towns to create Community Benefit Districts?," 13 July 2018 But straws and other cutlery were exempted from that law because there were not many good alternatives. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., chicagotribune.com, "Seattle becomes first major U.S. city to ban straws," 2 July 2018 But straws and other utensils were exempted from that law because there were not many good alternatives. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, "Seattle becomes first major U.S. city to ban straws," 1 July 2018 Police and firefighters were exempted from key parts of Act 10. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Democrats say they would repeal Act 10 if they unseat Gov. Scott Walker," 25 May 2018 For Supply, blade prices will go up even though the blades are made in the US — the company’s manufacturer, which Coddou does not name, imports its raw steel from Japan and Germany and has not been exempted. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "The absurd quest to make the “best” razor," 11 Dec. 2018 The world’s biggest trading nation also is set to complain to the World Trade Organization about new U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, from which Canada, Mexico and the European Union among others have been exempted. Bloomberg.com, "U.S. Envoy Says China Retaliation on Soybeans Would Backfire," 29 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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, "Louisiana Senate passes budget with TOPS, health care money -- and more taxes," 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, "How Pa.'s 'distressed' program helps towns; and why it's hard to leave it," 16 Mar. 2018 By the end of the current abatement, the building will have been tax exempt for 15 years. Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "How many times should taxpayers pay for the same granite counters?," 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, "Lax city oversight allowed sham nonprofit to snag and flip Milwaukee properties," 3 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of exempt

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1532, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for exempt

Adjective

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

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exempt

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of exempt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: not required to do something that others are required to do

exempt

verb

English Language Learners Definition of exempt (Entry 2 of 2)

: to say that (someone or something) does not have to do something that others are required to do : to make (someone or something) exempt

exempt

adjective
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.

exempt

verb
exempted; exempting

Kids Definition of exempt (Entry 2 of 2)

: to release from a requirement that others must meet

exempt

adjective
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

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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