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
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.
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


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