- Not including; other than: naked except for my socks they work every day except SundayMore example sentences
- 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 had a leather band insideMore example sentences
- 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 herMore example sentences
- 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 writersMore example sentences
exclude, omit, leave out, count out, disregard; exempt
- 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'.
See accept (usage).