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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To free from an obligation, a duty, or a liability to which others are subject: exempting the disabled from military service.
  • transitive v. Obsolete To set apart; isolate.
  • adj. Freed from an obligation, a duty, or a liability to which others are subject; excused: persons exempt from jury duty; income exempt from taxation; a beauty somehow exempt from the aging process.
  • adj. Obsolete Set apart; isolated.
  • n. One who is exempted from an obligation, a duty, or a liability.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Free from a duty or obligation.
  • adj. Not entitled to overtime pay when working overtime.
  • n. One who has been released from something.
  • v. To grant (someone) freedom or immunity from.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Cut off; set apart.
  • adj. Extraordinary; exceptional.
  • adj. Free, or released, from some liability to which others are subject; excepted from the operation or burden of some law; released; free; clear; privileged; -- (with from): not subject to; not liable to
  • n. One exempted or freed from duty; one not subject.
  • n. One of four officers of the Yeomen of the Royal Guard, having the rank of corporal; an Exon.
  • transitive v. To remove; to set apart.
  • transitive v. To release or deliver from some liability which others are subject to; to except or excuse from he operation of a law; to grant immunity to; to free from obligation; to release

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To free or permit to be free (from some undesirable requirement or condition); grant immunity (to); release; dispense: as, no man is exempted from pain and suffering.
  • Exempted; having exemption; free or clear, as from subjection or liability to something disagreeable, onerous, or dangerous; dispensed: as, to be exempt from military duty; exempt from the jurisdiction of a court.
  • Removed; remote.
  • Standing apart; separated; select.
  • n. One who is exempted or freed from duty; one dispensed from or not subject to service, especially military or other obligatory public service.
  • n. In England, one of four officers of the yeomen of the royal guard, styled corporals in their commission; an exon.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (of persons) freed from or not subject to an obligation or liability (as e.g. taxes) to which others or other things are subject
  • v. grant exemption or release to
  • v. grant relief or an exemption from a rule or requirement to
  • adj. (of goods or funds) not subject to taxation

Etymologies

Middle English exempten, from Old French exempter, from exempt, exempt, from Latin exemptus, past participle of eximere, to take out; see example.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin exemptus, past participle of eximō. (Wiktionary)

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