[ ik-sept ]
/ ɪkˈsɛpt /
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
1350–1400; Middle English: orig., past participle adj. < Latin exceptus (past participle of excipere to take out), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + -ceptus (combining form of captus, past participle of capere to take)
1. Except (more rarely excepting ), but, save point out something excluded from a general statement. Except emphasizes the excluding: Take any number except 12. But merely states the exclusion: We ate all but one. Save is now mainly found in poetic use: nothing in sight save sky and sea.
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British Dictionary definitions for except for
/ (ɪkˈsɛpt) /
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 for except
C14: from Old French excepter to leave out, from Latin exceptāre, from excipere to take out, from capere to take
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Idioms and Phrases with except for
Also, with the exception of. Other than, were it not for. For example, Except for Jack, everyone came to the party, or With the exception of the weather, everything went extremely well. [c. 1600]
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