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

Active duty members of the military are exempt from shutdown furloughs, according to a contingency plan for the Department of Homeland Security. Li Zhou, Vox, "What’s open — and closed — during a partial government shutdown," 21 Dec. 2018 Upgrades, downgrades, and switching between many of AT&T’s services are exempt; as well as accounts in California, Illinois, and New York; and U-verse TV, AT&T Phone, and AT&T Internet accounts in Michigan. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "AT&T will no longer offer prorated credits when you cancel certain services," 3 Dec. 2018 After bumping into the 66,000-a-year limit for H2-B visas in recent years, businesses have lobbied to either increase the cap or exempt workers who received the visa in recent years from having to reapply. Ruth Simon, WSJ, "Businesses Report Glitches on Reopened Seasonal-Work Visa Website," 7 Jan. 2019 The law also bans the enforcement of noncompete agreements against what's known as non-exempt workers—hourly, generally low-wage workers who are eligible for overtime pay. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Massachusetts gives workers new protections against noncompete clauses," 21 Aug. 2018 The District and most states exempt workers who earn tips from the standard minimum wage — allowing employers to pay servers, bartenders, bellhops and others just a few dollars an hour, on the assumption that gratuities will pump up their pay. Tim Carman, Washington Post, "Tipping the pay scales: Initiative 77 could dramatically alter D.C. restaurant culture," 16 June 2018 Richardson told board members other agencies of their size typically had around five exempt employees. Trisha Powell Crain, AL.com, "Alabama education department cuts positions, pay in reorganization," 13 Apr. 2018 Important to note is that the 2019 budget includes three days of unpaid furlough for exempt employees earning over $100,000. Anchorage Daily News, "Members of the Anchorage School Board respond to Donley opinion column on budget," 25 Mar. 2018 The spokesperson did not directly respond when asked by Fox News if elected officials in governments that run their own dispensary chains would be exempt from this policy. Fox News, "Canadians could be banned from the US forever if they smoke legal pot," 21 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Like public bodies across North Carolina, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board regularly closes its doors to the public to discuss matters that are exempted by law from public scrutiny. Ann Doss Helms, charlotteobserver, "Denial, delay and redactions: Our quest to get minutes of CMS board’s closed meetings | Charlotte Observer," 12 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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