Definitions for BUTbʌt; unstressed bət

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

but*bʌt; unstressed bət(conj.)

  1. on the contrary:

    My brother went, but I did not.

    Category: Function Word

  2. and yet; nevertheless:

    strange but true.

  3. except; save:

    did nothing but complain.

    Category: Function Word

  4. without the circumstance that:

    It never rains but it pours.

    Category: Function Word

  5. otherwise than:

    There is no hope but by prayer.

    Category: Function Word

  6. that (used esp. after doubt, deny, etc., with a negative):

    I don't doubt but you'll do it.

    Category: Function Word

  7. that … not:

    No leaders ever existed but they were optimists.

    Category: Function Word

  8. (used to introduce an exclamatory expression):

    But that's wonderful!

    Category: Function Word

  9. Informal. than:

    It no sooner started raining but it stopped.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Function Word

  10. (prep.)with the exception of:

    No one replied but me.

  11. other than:

    nothing but trouble.

  12. (adv.)only; just:

    There is but one answer.

  13. (n.)buts, reservations or objections:

    You'll do as you're told, no buts about it.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Idioms for but:

  1. but for,except for; were it not for.

    Category: Function Word, Idiom

* Usage: When but is understood as a conjunction and the pronoun following it is understood as the subject of an incompletely expressed clause, the pronoun is in the subjective case: Everyone lost faith in the plan but she (did not lose faith). In virtually identical contexts, when but is understood as a preposition, the pronoun following it is in the objective case: Everyone lost faith but her. The prepositional use is more common. When but and its following pronoun occur near the beginning of a sentence, the subjective case often appears: Everyone but she lost faith in the plan. See also and, doubt, than.

Origin of but:

bef. 900; ME buten, OE būtan for phrase be ūtan on the outside, without

Princeton's WordNet

  1. merely, simply, just, only, but(adverb)

    and nothing more

    "I was merely asking"; "it is simply a matter of time"; "just a scratch"; "he was only a child"; "hopes that last but a moment"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. but(conjunction)ʌt; unstressed bət

    indicates sth opposite to or different from a thing already mentioned

    The sun was warm, but the water was freezing.; I was going to buy it, but it was too expensive.

  2. butʌt; unstressed bət

    used to make a request more polite

    Excuse me, but could we take this chair?; I'm sorry, but I need to leave now.

  3. butʌt; unstressed bət

    emphasizes surprise or anger

    "They got in through the door." "But how?"

  4. but(preposition)ʌt; unstressed bət

    except for

    He's eaten nothing but candy all day.

Wiktionary

  1. but(Noun)

    An instance or example of using the word "but"

    It has to be done u2013 no ifs or buts.

  2. but(Noun)

    The outer room of a small two-room cottage.

  3. but(Adverb)

    Merely, only.

    Since that day, my mood has changed but a little.

  4. but(Adverb)

    Though, however.

    I'll have to go home early but.

  5. but(Conjunction)

    Except (for), excluding. Preceded by a negation.

    I have no choice but to leave.

  6. but(Conjunction)

    On the contrary, but rather (introducing a word or clause that contrasts with or contradicts the preceding clause or sentence without the not).

  7. but(Conjunction)

    However, although, nevertheless (implies that the following clause is contrary to prior belief or contrasts with or contradicts the preceding clause or sentence).

  8. but(Conjunction)

    Except that (introducing a subordinate clause which qualifies a negative statement); also, with omission of the subject of the subordinate clause, acting as a negative relative, "except one that", "except such that".

  9. but(Conjunction)

    Without it also being the case that; unless that (introducing a necessary concomitant).

    It never rains but it pours.

  10. but(Preposition)

    Outside of.

    Away but the hoose and tell me whae's there.

  11. but(Preposition)

    Without, apart from, except.

  12. Origin: From but, buten, boute, bouten, from butan, equivalent to . Cognate with but, bot, bûten, buiten, buten. Compare bin, about.

Webster Dictionary

  1. But

    except with; unless with; without

  2. But

    except; besides; save

  3. But

    excepting or excluding the fact that; save that; were it not that; unless; -- elliptical, for but that

  4. But

    otherwise than that; that not; -- commonly, after a negative, with that

  5. But

    only; solely; merely

  6. But

    on the contrary; on the other hand; only; yet; still; however; nevertheless; more; further; -- as connective of sentences or clauses of a sentence, in a sense more or less exceptive or adversative; as, the House of Representatives passed the bill, but the Senate dissented; our wants are many, but quite of another kind

  7. But

    the outer apartment or kitchen of a two-roomed house; -- opposed to ben, the inner room

  8. But(noun)

    a limit; a boundary

  9. But(noun)

    the end; esp. the larger or thicker end, or the blunt, in distinction from the sharp, end. See 1st Butt

  10. But(verb)

    see Butt, v., and Abut, v

  11. But(verb)

    a limit; a bound; a goal; the extreme bound; the end

  12. But(verb)

    the thicker end of anything. See But

  13. But(verb)

    a mark to be shot at; a target

  14. But(verb)

    a person at whom ridicule, jest, or contempt is directed; as, the butt of the company

  15. But(verb)

    a push, thrust, or sudden blow, given by the head of an animal; as, the butt of a ram

  16. But(verb)

    a thrust in fencing

  17. But(verb)

    a piece of land left unplowed at the end of a field

  18. But(verb)

    a joint where the ends of two objects come squarely together without scarfing or chamfering; -- also called butt joint

  19. But(verb)

    the end of a connecting rod or other like piece, to which the boxing is attached by the strap, cotter, and gib

  20. But(verb)

    the portion of a half-coupling fastened to the end of a hose

  21. But(verb)

    the joint where two planks in a strake meet

  22. But(verb)

    a kind of hinge used in hanging doors, etc.; -- so named because fastened on the edge of the door, which butts against the casing, instead of on its face, like the strap hinge; also called butt hinge

  23. But(verb)

    the thickest and stoutest part of tanned oxhides, used for soles of boots, harness, trunks

  24. But(verb)

    the hut or shelter of the person who attends to the targets in rifle practice

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'BUT' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #28

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'BUT' in Written Corpus Frequency: #25


Translations for BUT

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

but(conjunction)

used to show a contrast between two or more things

John was there, but Peter was not.

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