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except

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[ ik-sept ]
/ ɪkˈsɛpt /
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preposition
with the exclusion of; excluding; save; but: They were all there except me.
conjunction
only; with the exception (usually followed by that): parallel cases except that one is younger than the other.
otherwise than; but (followed by an adv., phrase, or clause): well fortified except here.
Archaic. unless.
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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 except

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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)

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[ 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.

Origin of except

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

words often confused with except

See accept.

OTHER WORDS FROM except

ex·cept·a·ble, adjectivenon·ex·cept·ed, adjectiveun·ex·cept·a·ble, adjectiveun·ex·cept·ed, adjective
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How to use except in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for except

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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