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Syllabification: ex·cept
Pronunciation: /ikˈsept

Definition of except in English:


Not including; other than: 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.
excluding, not including, excepting, omitting, not counting, but, besides, apart from, aside from, barring, bar, other than, saving;
informal outside of


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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;


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

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