Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.


[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. 2018.
Cite This Source
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
  • 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.

  • This is an exceptional Act, creating and enforcing distinctions, and it excepts all incomes under a certain amount.

  • From this description he, however, excepts the country immediately around Olympus, where the snow often lies to midsummer.

    Cyprus Franz von Lher
  • 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 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
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
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
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for excepts

Word Value for excepts

Scrabble Words With Friends