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except

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preposition ex·cept \ik-ˈsept\

Simple Definition of except

  • : not including (someone or something) : other than (something or someone)

Full Definition of except

  1. :  with the exclusion or exception of <daily except Sundays>

Examples of except

  1. The stores will be open daily except Sundays.

  2. <the store is open daily except Sundays>



14th Century

First Known Use of except

14th century

Variants of except

also ex·cept·ing play \-ˈsep-tiŋ\

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except

verb ex·cept

Simple Definition of except

  • : to leave out (someone or something) : to not include (someone or something)

Full Definition of except

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to take or leave out from a number or a whole :  exclude

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to take exception :  object

ex·cep·tive play \-ˈsep-təv\ adjective

Examples of except

  1. Children were excepted from the study.

  2. <I must except to your remark that there are no great novelists currently living.>



Origin of except

Middle English, from Anglo-French excepter, from Latin exceptare, frequentative of excipere to take out, except, from ex- + capere to take — more at heave


First Known Use: 14th century


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except

conjunction ex·cept

Simple Definition of except

  • —used to introduce a statement that indicates the only person or thing that is not included in or referred to by a previous statement

  • —used to introduce a statement that explains the reason why something is not possible, will not happen, etc.

Full Definition of except

  1. 1 :  on any other condition than that :  unless <except you repent>

  2. 2 :  with this exception, namely <was inaccessible except by boat>

  3. 3 :  only —often followed by that <I would go except that it's too far>

Examples of except

  1. <I'd go, except it's too far.>



15th Century

First Known Use of except

15th century

Variants of except

also excepting


EXCEPT Defined for Kids

1

except

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preposition ex·cept \ik-ˈsept\

Definition of except

  1. 1 :  not including <We're open every day except Sundays.>

  2. 2 :  other than :  but <She told everyone except me.>




2

except

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conjunction ex·cept

Definition of except

  1. :  if it were not for the fact that :  only <I'd go, except it's too far.>




3

except

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verb ex·cept

Definition of except

ex·cept·edex·cept·ing

  1. :  to leave out from a number or a whole :  exclude <Children are excepted from the requirements.>





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