Definition of except in English:


Syllabification: ex·cept
Pronunciation: /ikˈsept



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  • 1Used before a statement that forms an exception to one just made: I didn’t tell him anything, except that I needed the money our berets were the same except mine had a leather band inside
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    • I have a similar problem, except that mine is all to do with people who are lost.
    • Mr Greeno in his first statement said nothing about this except that the owner was not CCUK.
    • It felt like I was in the torture scene from a science fiction movie, except that it didn't hurt.
  • 1.1 archaic Unless: she never offered advice, except it were asked of her
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    • Till today he never talks about my work except to offer bits of useful criticism.


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  • Specify as not included in a category or group; exclude: he excepted from his criticism a handful of distinguished writers
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    • There are a few abbreviations, things like SMTP and HTTP and such, that are specifically excepted from this rule.
    • Not a creature was to be seen in the room or at the door as I passed out - always excepting the man with the cough.
    • Yorkshire women were to be excepted from any criticism he added, because they ‘always have dinner on the table when you get home’.
    exclude, omit, leave out, count out, disregard; exempt


late Middle English: from Latin except- 'taken out', from the verb excipere, from ex- 'out of' + capere 'take'.


See accept (usage).

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