preposition ex·cept \ik-ˈsept\

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

Full Definition of EXCEPT

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

Variants of EXCEPT

ex·cept also ex·cept·ing \-ˈsep-tiŋ\

Examples of EXCEPT

  1. The stores will be open daily except Sundays.
  2. <the store is open daily except Sundays>

First Known Use of EXCEPT

14th century



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

Full Definition of EXCEPT

transitive verb
:  to take or leave out from a number or a whole :  exclude
intransitive verb
:  to take exception :  object
ex·cep·tive \-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



—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

:  on any other condition than that :  unless <except you repent>
:  with this exception, namely <was inaccessible except by boat>
:  only —often followed by that <I would go except that it's too far>

Variants of EXCEPT

except also excepting

Examples of EXCEPT

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

First Known Use of EXCEPT

15th century

Related to EXCEPT

but, only, saving, yet


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