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[ik-sept] /ɪkˈsɛpt/
verb (used with object)
to exclude; leave out:
present company excepted.
verb (used without object)
to object (usually followed by to or against):
to except to a statement; to except against a witness.
Origin of except2
1350-1400; Middle English excepten < Middle French excepter < Latin exceptāre, derivative of exceptus (see except1)
Related forms
exceptable, adjective
nonexcepted, adjective
unexceptable, adjective
unexcepted, adjective
Usage note
See accept. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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Examples from the Web for excepts
Historical Examples
  • I earn thirty cents every day, excepts Sundays and holidays.

  • The second excepts wax and cacao, as recommended by the Board of Tariffs.

    The History of Sulu Najeeb M. Saleeby
  • I never speaks to him, excepts when he speaks ugly to Katie or mamma.

    The Leaven in a Great City Lillian William Betts
  • Wi' excepts, ma'am; but they'll ne'er be found amang mithers.

    Winter Evening Tales Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • From this description he, however, excepts the country immediately around Olympus, where the snow often lies to midsummer.

    Cyprus Franz von Lher
  • If he guesses wrong, the lawyer "excepts" and the case may be reversed on appeal.

    Courts and Criminals Arthur Train
  • New York does not possess a single garden, public or private, if one excepts the three squares I named just now.

  • In Paris, if one excepts the best papers, the Temps in particular, the significant news is elusive.

    A Wanderer in Paris E. V. Lucas
  • This is an exceptional Act, creating and enforcing distinctions, and it excepts all incomes under a certain amount.

  • This excepts the very wonderful horses ridden by knights of action.

    The Tapestry Book Helen Churchill Candee
British Dictionary definitions for excepts


Also except for. other than; apart from; with the exception of: he likes everyone except you, except for this mistake, you did very well
(conjunction) except that, but for the fact that; were it not true that
an archaic word for unless
(informal) except that; but for the fact that: I would have arrived earlier, except I lost my way
(transitive) to leave out; omit; exclude
(rare) (intransitive) often foll by to. to take exception; object
Word Origin
C14: from Old French excepter to leave out, from Latin exceptāre, from excipere to take out, from capere to take
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for excepts



late 14c., "to receive," from Middle French excepter (12c.), from Latin exceptus, past participle of excipere "take out," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + capere "to take" (see capable). Meaning "to leave out" is from 1510s. Related: Excepted; excepting. Adjectival function led to use as a preposition, conjunction (late 14c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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