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exempt Syllabification: ex·empt
Pronunciation: /iɡˈzem(p)t/

Definition of exempt in English:


Free from an obligation or liability imposed on others: these patients are exempt from all charges they are not exempt from criticism
More example sentences
  • The national department is to amend current exemption procedures and criteria later this year to ensure all those who cannot pay fees are duly exempt from doing so.
  • Book stores, corner stores and TV shops are also exempt from the bylaw.
  • As a middle-aged baby boomer, I am certainly not exempt from the wishes and dreams of the anti-aging movement.


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Free (a person or organization) from an obligation or liability imposed on others: they were exempted from paying the tax
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  • Being a war hero is not a lifetime ‘get out of jail free’ card, exempting you from responsibility for what you do thereafter.
  • Loving him does not mean excusing him or even exempting him from punishment (including the death penalty, if necessary).
  • His age exempted him from conscription, but he had enlisted anyway.
excuse, free, release, exclude from, give/grant immunity, spare, absolve from
informal let off (the hook), grandfather


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A person who is exempt from something, especially the payment of tax.
Example sentences
  • Thus, journalists' duties vary along a spectrum from the nonexempt to the exempt.
  • Hayden had been one of the exempt 50 going into the final event of the PBA season, the World Championship.
  • The system of exemptions told draftees that their society did not value them, long before this was made patent on their return home when they were spat upon by the exempt.


Late Middle English: from Latin exemptus 'taken out, freed', past participle of eximere.

Words that rhyme with exempt

attempt, contempt, dreamt, kempt, pre-empt, tempt

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