Except meaning

ĭk-sĕpt
(archaic) Unless.
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If it were not for the fact that; only. Often used with that:

I would buy the suit, except that it costs too much.

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(informal) Were it not true; only.

I'd quit except that I need the money.

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To leave out; exclude.

An admission fee is charged, but children are excepted.

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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.

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(archaic) Unless; used to introduce a hypothetical case in which an exception may exist.
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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.

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With the exclusion of; other than; but.

Everyone except me.

preposition
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Otherwise than.

They didn't open their mouths except to complain.

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To object.

Counsel excepted to the court's ruling.

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To leave out or take out; make an exception of; exclude; omit.
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(now rare) To object; take exception.

To except to a remark.

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Leaving out; omitting; other than; but.

To everyone except me.

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(archaic) Unless.
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Otherwise than.

She doesn't leave home except to attend church.

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To exclude; to specify as being an exception.
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(intransitive) To take exception, to object (to or against).

To except to a witness or his testimony.

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With the exception of; but.

There was nothing in the cupboard except a tin of beans.

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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.

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except for
  • Were it not for:
    I would join you except for my cold.
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except for
  • if it were not for
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of except

  • Middle English from Latin exceptus past participle of excipere to exclude ex- ex- capere to take kap- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French excepter, from Latin exceptus.

    From Wiktionary