WORD ORIGIN 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 except 2 1350–1400; Middle English excepten
Middle French excepter
Related forms ex·cept·a·ble, adjective non·ex·cept·ed, adjective un·ex·cept·a·ble, adjective un·ex·cept·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for except-to preposition Also: except for other than; apart from; with the exception of he 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 conjunction informal except that; but for the fact that I would have arrived earlier, except I lost my way verb (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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Word Origin and History for except-to v.
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.).
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