- with the exclusion of; excluding; save; but: They were all there except me.
- except for, if it were not for: She would travel more except for lack of money.
Origin of except1
- to exclude; leave out: present company excepted.
- to object (usually followed by to or against): to except to a statement; to except against a witness.
Origin of except2
Examples from the Web for except
Except the Braves did not win 14 straight pennants (they did win 14 straight division titles), and Smoltz is a also Republican.Conservative Curt Says His Politics, Not His Pitching, Kept Him Out of the Hall of Fame
January 9, 2015
I always wanted to have a career like his—except for the stopping work thing.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness
January 7, 2015
Except, Nomadness currently has 3,000 pending membership requests.‘We Out Here’: Inside the New Black Travel Movement
January 4, 2015
Except for maybe his brainiac wife… but she could do better anyway.All Your Internet Boyfriends Are Taken: Gosling, Cumberbatch, and now Joseph Gordon-Levitt
January 3, 2015
There is no such thing as a gay lifestyle, except in right-wing propaganda to oppose LGBT equality.How Canadian Oilmen Pinkwash the Keystone Pipeline
December 28, 2014
I have no evidence, except your word, that any such letter has been received.Brave and Bold
There was none to speak of left now except in Africa; and they were pessimistic about Africa.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
She says very little in the way of thanks, except to the Giver of all good.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
Except for a very few words we do not know what sort of tongue it was.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
You know I do not care about money, except just to buy my clothes and things.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
- Also: except for other than; apart from; with the exception ofhe likes everyone except you; except for this mistake, you did very well
- except that (conjunction) but for the fact that; were it not true that
- an archaic word for unless
- informal except that; but for the fact thatI would have arrived earlier, except I lost my way
- (tr) to leave out; omit; exclude
- (intr often foll by to) rare to take exception; object
Word Origin and History for except
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.).