[ ik-sept ]
/ ɪkˈsɛpt /
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with the exclusion of; excluding; save; but: They were all there except me.
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Idioms about except
except for, if it were not for: She would travel more except for lack of money.
Origin of except1
First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English: originally, past participle, from Latin exceptus (past participle of excipere “to take out”), equivalent to ex- + -ceptus (combining form of captus, past participle of capere “to take”); see origin at ex-1
synonym study for except
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.
Other definitions for except (2 of 2)
[ ik-sept ]
/ ɪkˈsɛpt /
verb (used with object)
to exclude from or leave out of a particular category: Surveys that are used exclusively for certain educational purposes are excepted from these requirements.
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
First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English excepten, from Middle French excepter, from Latin exceptāre, derivative of exceptus (see except1)
words often confused with except
OTHER WORDS FROM exceptex·cept·a·ble, adjectiveun·ex·cept·a·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for except
/ (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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