Except Definition

excepted, excepting, excepts
With the exclusion of; other than; but.
Everyone except me.
American Heritage
Leaving out; omitting; other than; but.
To everyone except me.
Webster's New World

With the exception of; but.

There was nothing in the cupboard except a tin of beans.
If it were not for the fact that; only. Often used with that:
I would buy the suit, except that it costs too much.
American Heritage
Webster's New World
Were it not true; only.
I'd quit except that I need the money.
Webster's New World
Otherwise than.
She doesn't leave home except to attend church.
Webster's New World
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.
excepted, excepting, excepts
To leave out or take out; make an exception of; exclude; omit.
Webster's New World
To object; take exception.
To except to a remark.
Webster's New World
except for
  • Were it not for:

    I would join you except for my cold.

American Heritage
except for
  • if it were not for
Webster's New World

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Except

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

Find Similar Words

Find similar words to except using the buttons below.

Words Starting With

Words Ending With