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

The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of AL.com. al, "Alabama Roots: Josh Donaldson joins 200 home run club," 8 July 2019 The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Ohio. Mike Rose, cleveland.com, "The Plain Dealer’s front page for July 8, 2019," 8 July 2019 None responded to requests for comment except Murray. Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "Council breaks for summer, but records show some members were already taking days off," 7 July 2019 Energy access: By 2022, every single rural family, except those who are unwilling to take the connection, will have electricity and clean cooking gas facility. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "Key takeaways from the first annual budget of Modi 2.0," 4 July 2019 Iguanas, like all nonnative, invasive species, are not protected in Florida except by anti-cruelty law. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Floridians are free to kill all green iguanas," 3 July 2019 In the context of a return to the moon, a similar degree of cooperation with China would be valuable—except that Congress has placed severe restrictions on NASA’s ability to collaborate with the Chinese. The Editors, Scientific American, "The U.S. Should Go Back to the Moon--But Not on Its Own," 3 July 2019 Because green iguanas are not protected in Florida — except by anti-cruelty law — homeowners do not need a permit to kill them on their own property. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "Invasive iguanas are wreaking havoc in Florida. Now authorities are urging locals to kill them.," 3 July 2019 Some asked not to be contacted, so the board chose to respect their privacy, except when called out directly on social media. Christine Yu, Outside Online, "What Happened at the SHIFT Festival?," 25 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

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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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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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