except

preposition
ex·​cept | \ ik-ˈsept How to pronounce except (audio) \
variants: or less commonly excepting \ ik-​ˈsep-​tiŋ How to pronounce excepting (audio) \

Definition of except

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: with the exclusion or exception of daily except Sundays

except

verb
excepted; excepting; excepts

Definition of except (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to take or leave out from a number or a whole : exclude

except

conjunction
variants: or less commonly excepting

Definition of except (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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Other Words from except

Verb

exceptive \ ik-​ˈsep-​təv How to pronounce exceptive (audio) \ adjective

Examples of except in a Sentence

Preposition

The stores will be open daily except Sundays. the store is open daily except Sundays

Verb

Children were excepted from the study. I must except to your remark that there are no great novelists currently living.

Conjunction

I'd go, except it's too far.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

Fourth grade, fifth grade, sixth grade, everybody was taking their spurts except me. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'NCIS: LA' Star Linda Hunt Said She Was 'Teased a Lot' for Her Height Growing Up," 31 Mar. 2019 But there’s a guy in that piece who says it’s like ordering Seamless, except you’re ordering a person. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Swiping on Tinder is addictive. That’s partly because it was inspired by an experiment that ‘turned pigeons into gamblers.’," 19 Sep. 2018 With his effortless Midwestern charm, Winkler credits doctors, the Braves training staff and pretty much everyone except himself for his recovery. Gabriel Baumgaertner, SI.com, "With Violent Elbow Injuries Behind Him, Braves Reliever Dan Winkler Is Pitching Like an All-Star," 4 July 2018 All of the award namesakes were on hand to present their trophies except Cousy, who is 90. Beth Harris, The Seattle Times, "Williamson, Ionescu win honors at College Basketball Awards," 12 Apr. 2019 Then there is a second fermentation, except this time, the CO2 is trapped in the bottle, dissolving into the wine. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The secret to champagne’s universal appeal is the physics of bubbles," 31 Dec. 2018 From his vantage point as the head of Morgan Stanley’s pension division, Mr. Gold could see the lessons of financial economics being applied to everything around him — except pensions. Mary Williams Walsh, BostonGlobe.com, "Jeremy Gold, 75, actuary who warned of pension crisis," 14 July 2018 Privacy - Terms What’s interesting is the Royals remain in the top five among 29 baseball teams in local market ratings (except Toronto, because Nielsen doesn’t track Canadian viewership trends). Blair Kerkhoff, kansascity, "Royals’ TV ratings drop but remain among baseball’s best," 12 July 2018 The practice spread to federal courts in all the border states except California over the next few years. Renae Reints, Fortune, "California Adopts Mass Immigration Hearings to Handle Influx of Prosecutions After Zero Tolerance Policy," 8 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

As is usually the case with historic homes, and excepting a small gallery space on the second floor, explanatory text and labels are not used. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "‘Costume & Custom: Middle Eastern Threads at Olana’ Review: A Painter’s Souvenir Closet," 2 July 2018 Google gets top marks for the exterior of the Pixel Slate (keyboard excepted), but the interior is where things start to get messy. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "Google Pixel Slate review: slapdash," 27 Nov. 2018 Turkey and Britain excepted, the NATO nations are more dependencies than allies. ... Ezra Klein, Vox, "Why is Trump undermining NATO and the EU? He just told us.," 13 July 2018 In our Big 4 games hands are crucial to most of the key players (offensive and defensive linemen generally excepted). Bob Ryan, BostonGlobe.com, "You don’t have to love soccer to appreciate the greatness of the World Cup," 29 June 2018 But the Westside's streets are gridlocked for hours twice a day, everyday; cycling is often lethal; and excepting main commercial strips and touristy stretches, most of the area's sidewalks are utterly empty. Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic, "Fly On, My Sleek Electric Bird," 30 May 2018 And all of the attendees, possibly excepting the guy from DSA, are united by their desire to get a photo of (or long-distance selfie with) Musk, who is mobbed at the stage after the presentation. Kevin Lincoln, The Verge, "I went to Elon Musk’s Boring Company LA pep rally," 18 May 2018 Congress hasn’t impeached a member of the executive branch (presidents excepted) since the 19th century. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "The Real Constitutional Crisis," 24 May 2018 Daniel Slater of the University of Michigan points out that during that period not a single regime met even minimally democratic standards, excepting Thailand’s brief flirtation with democracy in 1973-76, which soon gave way to military rule. The Economist, "South-East Asia: lots of elections, not so much democracy," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of except

Preposition

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Conjunction

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for except

Verb

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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The first known use of except was in the 14th century

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except

preposition

English Language Learners Definition of except

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

except

verb

English Language Learners Definition of except (Entry 2 of 3)

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

except

conjunction

English Language Learners Definition of except (Entry 3 of 3)

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

preposition
ex·​cept | \ ik-ˈsept How to pronounce except (audio) \

Kids Definition of except

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

except

conjunction

Kids Definition of except (Entry 2 of 3)

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

except

verb
excepted; excepting

Kids Definition of except (Entry 3 of 3)

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

intransitive verb

: object especially : to file a bill of exceptions or make a formal exception excepted to the judge's order

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