ex·empt | \ig-ˈzem(p)t \

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


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

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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Churches, unlike other tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations, are not required to make public their revenue, expenditures and other financial details. Silvia Foster-frau, San Antonio Express-News, "Sutherland Springs receives millions in donations to massacre relief fund," 8 July 2018 Both groups are registered as 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organizations and are required to file annual 990 tax returns. Jason Hancock, kansascity, "Dark-money groups that helped elect Eric Greitens now facing FEC complaint," 29 June 2018 Still, hosting a tax-exempt charitable organization like Cut Ups could potentially earn a tax write-off for a business, Heimerich said. Kellen Browning, sacbee, "Local charity needs a new place to sew – for $250 a month," 7 June 2018 The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) is a tax exempt organization which accredits more than 21,000 US healthcare organizations. Philly.com, "Healthcare regulation, too much and often wrong," 4 June 2018 In 2013, the nonprofit was reclassified by the IRS as a tax-exempt educational organization, but Education Department officials concluded that the conversion didn’t adequately eliminate the financial benefits flowing to the colleges’ owners. Michelle Hackman, WSJ, "After Obama-Era Crackdown, For-Profit Colleges Seek Nonprofit Status," 30 May 2018 Senior Friends of Hebron is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt volunteer organization open to Hebron residents 60 years young and older and provides programs of educational, cultural, and social nature. Courant Community, "Community News For The Hebron Edition," 13 Mar. 2018 However, as ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan has made clear, ICE does not exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement. Michael Sangiacomo, cleveland.com, "Immigration statistics show largest increase in arrests in three years," 21 Jan. 2018 To participate, the applicant must be a 501(c) (3) tax exempt organization based in Detroit, and have been in operation for at least two years. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Nonprofits can win up to $50,000 in free business help; deadline is Friday," 4 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

New Jersey became the third state to remove taxes on items related to breastfeeding, in this case enacting a law that exempts breast pumps, which can run around $100, and other supplies from sales taxes. Rebecca Beitsch, The Christian Science Monitor, "All US states now allow breastfeeding in public," 13 July 2018 The report goes on to claim that this drop in the clause exempts the likes of Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, who would still have to pay the initial €1bn. SI.com, "Real Madrid Deny Rumours of Dropping Cristiano Ronaldo's Release Clause to €120m," 29 June 2018 The bond payments for the city could simply be exempted from the cap, thereby rendering the intent of the cap meaningless. Christopher Keating, courant.com, "House GOP Leader Questions Hartford Bailout," 26 Apr. 2018 And the law exempts charter schools from procurement rules, allowing operators to maximize their personal profits. Craig Harris, azcentral, "Arizona charter school founder makes millions building his own schools," 11 July 2018 The bill also exempts some loan originators, including small lenders, from certain disclosure requirements under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act. Emily Flitter, New York Times, "Congress Approves First Big Dodd-Frank Rollback," 22 May 2018 The county’s building code already exempts permits for repairs, such as, replacing storm doors, appliances, smoke detectors, lighting fixtures, roll insulation, or replacing glass in a window or door. Susan Demar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, "Permits no longer needed for minor repairs in Will County, board rules," 18 May 2018 This exempts nearly one million apartments from the new rules, including thousands of regulated apartments in older co-ops and condos. Josh Barbanel, WSJ, "Don’t Even Think of Smoking Inside Your New York City Apartment," 9 May 2018 But the law exempts small businesses and recent hires, which means 4 in 10 workers aren’t covered. Simon Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor, "Paid family leave: While US lags behind, more states set policies," 12 July 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


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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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English Language Learners Definition of exempt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



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


ex·empt | \ig-ˈzempt \

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 \

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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