- to exclude; leave out: present company excepted.
- to object (usually followed by to or against): to except to a statement; to except against a witness.
Origin of except2
Examples from the Web for excepts
I earn thirty cents every day, excepts Sundays and holidays.Sophisms of the Protectionists
The second excepts wax and cacao, as recommended by the Board of Tariffs.The History of Sulu
Najeeb M. Saleeby
I never speaks to him, excepts when he speaks ugly to Katie or mamma.The Leaven in a Great City
Lillian William Betts
Wi' excepts, ma'am; but they'll ne'er be found amang mithers.Winter Evening Tales
Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
If he guesses wrong, the lawyer "excepts" and the case may be reversed on appeal.Courts and Criminals
- 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 and History for excepts
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.).