October 24, 2011
exempt (adjective)
\ig-ZEMPT\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: free or released from some condition or requirement that others must meet or deal with
How do you use it?
Students who are exempt from AP testing can leave after the main tests are finished.
Are you a word wiz?

"Exempt" ultimately comes from the Latin word "eximere." What do you think "eximere" means?

Your English is excellent if you chose D! "Exempt" came into English from the Latin word "eximere," which means "to take out." You can see a hint of this in the meaning of the modern English word, since someone who is exempt from something is "taken out," so to speak, of the group of people to whom the condition or requirement applies. "Exempt" is a cousin of the word "example," which also comes from "eximere." "Eximere" itself comes from the Latin prefix "ex-," meaning "out," and the Latin verb "emere," meaning "to take."
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