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Line breaks: ex¦cept
Pronunciation: /ɪkˈsɛpt
, ɛk-/

Definition of except in English:


Not including; other than: I was naked except for my socks they work every day except Sunday
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  • I looked around, but it was dark outside except for one street light at the corner a short way ahead of me.
  • Everything is very quiet, except for the occasional floomfing sound of snow falling off pine trees and cedars.
  • John and Norma Major filmed entirely in grey tone, except for the peas.


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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 was blue
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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 excluded from a category or group: five classes of advertisement are excepted from control
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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’.


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

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