[ ik-sept ]
/ ɪkˈsɛpt /
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See synonyms for: except / excepted / excepting on Thesaurus.com


with the exclusion of; excluding; save; but: They were all there except me.


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.



In effect, this quiz will prove whether or not you have the skills to know the difference between “affect” and “effect.”
Question 1 of 7
The rainy weather could not ________ my elated spirits on my graduation day.

Idioms for except

    except for, if it were not for: She would travel more except for lack of money.

Origin of except

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
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.

Definition for except (2 of 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.

Origin of except

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

/ (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
C14: from Old French excepter to leave out, from Latin exceptāre, from excipere to take out, from capere to take
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