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except

preposition ex·cept \ ik-ˈsept \
variants: or less commonly excepting play \ik-ˈsep-tiŋ\
|Updated on: 8 Aug 2018

Definition of except

: with the exclusion or exception of
  • daily except Sundays

Examples of except in a Sentence

  1. The stores will be open daily except Sundays.

  2. the store is open daily except Sundays

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First Known Use of except

14th century

in the meaning defined above

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except

verb

Definition of except

excepted; excepting; excepts
: to take or leave out from a number or a whole : exclude

exceptive

play \ik-ˈsep-təv\ adjective

Examples of except in a Sentence

  1. Children were excepted from the study.

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

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Origin and Etymology 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


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except

conjunction
variants: or less commonly excepting

Definition of except

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

Examples of except in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of except

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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except Synonyms

Synonyms

but, only, saving, yet;



EXCEPT Defined for English Language Learners

except

Definition of except for English Language Learners

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


except

Definition of except for English Language Learners

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


except

Definition of except for English Language Learners

  • —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.


EXCEPT Defined for Kids

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except

preposition ex·cept \ ik-ˈsept \

Definition of except for Students

1 : not including
  • We're open every day except Sundays.
2 : other than : but
  • She told everyone except me.

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except

conjunction

Definition of except for Students

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

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except

verb

Definition of except for Students

excepted; excepting
: to leave out from a number or a whole : exclude
  • Children are excepted from the requirements.

Law Dictionary

except

transitive verb ex·cept \ ik-ˈsept \

legal Definition of except

: to take or leave out (as from insurance coverage or a deed) : exclude
  • specifically excepted the air carriers and unions from the provisions
  • —M. A. Kelly
: object; especially : to file a bill of exceptions or make a formal exception
  • excepted to the judge's order


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