[ 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.
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Origin of except2
1350–1400; Middle English excepten < Middle French excepter < Latin exceptāre, derivative of exceptus (see except1)
usage note for except
OTHER WORDS FROM exceptex·cept·a·ble, adjectivenon·ex·cept·ed, adjectiveun·ex·cept·a·ble, adjectiveun·ex·cept·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for except-to
/ (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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