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

Not really, except that not finishing would be a shame. Washington Post, "“The World Doesn’t Require You,”," 9 Sep. 2019 Tomatoes do the very same thing, except more dramatically. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, "13-year-old mesquite dying from too much water," 23 Aug. 2019 The conditions are the same except you actually don't get a lawyer here. Caitlin Cruz, Teen Vogue, "Why This Texas Democrat Is Running for Congress Against Her Former Boss," 20 Aug. 2019 The feed would have hit deGrom in stride, except the pitcher paused momentarily a few feet from the base and then let the ball bounce off his glove. Charles O'brien, courant.com, "Nationals’ Cabrera stings Mets, ending their eight-game streak," 12 Aug. 2019 Little is known about the series except that there will be two popes, one played by Law and another played by John Malkovich. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "The 24 Most Anticipated TV Shows of Fall 2019," 9 Aug. 2019 But nobody’s completely sure what those warning signs are, except in broad strokes. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "How to Reduce Gun Violence: Ask Some Scientists," 6 Aug. 2019 The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of OregonLive.com. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Oregon LB Adrian Jackson out for the season," 2 Sep. 2019 The regulations require riders to use the motor only to assist pedal propulsion except in areas where motor vehicle traffic is allowed. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Electric bikes could soon be purring along the trails of national parks — not everyone happy," 30 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Johnny U was an American original, a piece of work like none other, excepting maybe Paul Bunyan and Horatio Alger. The Si Staff, SI.com, "100 Figures Who Shaped the NFL’s First Century," 28 Aug. 2019 Humboldt County had the second highest homicide rate of any county in the state in 2018, excepting Kern County. Robert Peach, The Mercury News, "Humboldt County has state’s 2nd-highest homicide rate. Why?," 14 July 2019 Every fan, and every player (Knicks excepted), has renewed hope and enthusiasm. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Kevin Durant moves on: The Warriors, NBA are better for it," 1 July 2019 His first fame came to him, at the age of 25, as the author of The Blue-Backed Speller, a book more widely read than any other in America, only the Bible excepted. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Noah Webster’s American Revolution in language," 29 June 2019 Whitman had imbibed a version of social Darwinism that predicted the decline of nonwhite peoples, Asians sometimes excepted. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "How to Celebrate Walt Whitman’s Two-Hundredth Birthday," 17 June 2019 In other words, biology (possibly excepting ourselves) seems to take great care not to overthink the problem of survival. Quanta Magazine, "How Life (and Death) Spring From Disorder," 26 Jan. 2017 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

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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 entry 1

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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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