- Except is defined as something said when one action depends on another action, or to show a variation in action.
- An example of except is when you would go swimming but you have not brought a bathing suit.
- An example of except is to say that a person never drives their car during the week but they drive their car on the weekends.
- To except is defined as to leave out or take out one when you include everything else.
An example of to except is to serve everyone dinner, but not yourself.
Origin of exceptMiddle English excepten from Old French excepter from Classical Latin exceptare, to take out, except from exceptus, past participle of excipere from ex-, out + capere, to take: see have
Origin of exceptME < L exceptus
- Archaic unless
- Informal were it not true; only: often followed by that: I'd quit except that I need the money
- otherwise than: she doesn't leave home except to attend church
- If it were not for the fact that; only. Often used with that: I would buy the suit, except that it costs too much.
- Otherwise than: They didn't open their mouths except to complain.
- Archaic Unless: “And ne'er throughout the year to church thou go'st / Except it be to pray against thy foes” ( Shakespeare )
verbex·cept·ed, ex·cept·ing, ex·cepts
Origin of exceptMiddle English from Latin exceptus past participle of excipere to exclude ex- ex- capere to take ; see kap- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present excepts, present participle excepting, simple past and past participle excepted)
- With the exception of; but.
- There was nothing in the cupboard except a tin of beans.
- With the exception (that); used to introduce a clause, phrase or adverb forming an exception or qualification to something previously stated.
- You look a bit like my sister, except she has longer hair.
- I never made fun of her except teasingly.
- (archaic) Unless; used to introduce a hypothetical case in which an exception may exist.
From Middle French excepter, from Latin exceptus.