except

2
[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. excellency,
  2. excellent,
  3. excelsior,
  4. excelsior springs,
  5. excementosis,
  6. except for,
  7. excepted,
  8. excepting,
  9. exception,
  10. exception proves the rule, the

Origin of except

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1350–1400; Middle English excepten < Middle French excepter < Latin exceptāre, derivative of exceptus (see except1)

Related formsex·cept·a·ble, adjectivenon·ex·cept·ed, adjectiveun·ex·cept·a·ble, adjectiveun·ex·cept·ed, adjective

Usage note

See accept.

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British Dictionary definitions for excepted

except

/ (ɪkˈsɛpt) /

preposition

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

conjunction

an archaic word for unless
informal except that; but for the fact thatI 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 excepted

except

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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