Definitions for exceptɪkˈsɛpt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. with the exclusion of; excluding; save; but:

    They were all there except me.

  2. (conj.)only; with the exception (usu. fol. by that):

    parallel cases except that one is younger than the other.

    Category: Function Word

  3. otherwise than; but (fol. by an adv., phrase, or clause):

    well fortified except here.

    Category: Function Word

Idioms for except:

  1. except for,if it were not for:

    She would travel more except for lack of money.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of except:

1350–1400; ME: orig., adj. < L exceptus, ptp. of excipere to take out



  1. to exclude; leave out:

    present company excepted.

  2. (v.i.)to object (usu. fol. by to or against):

    to except to a statement.

Origin of except:

1350–1400; ME < MF excepter < L exceptāre


Princeton's WordNet

  1. demur, except(verb)

    take exception to

    "he demurred at my suggestion to work on Saturday"

  2. exclude, except, leave out, leave off, omit, take out(verb)

    prevent from being included or considered or accepted

    "The bad results were excluded from the report"; "Leave off the top piece"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. except(preposition)ɪkˈsɛpt

    indicates what is not included; = excluding

    Everyone's here now except Julia.

  2. except(conjunction)ɪkˈsɛpt

    indicates what is not included; = excluding

    He's fine now except that he can't drink alcohol.; a wonderful vacation except for the rain


  1. except(Verb)

    To exclude; to specify as being an exception.

  2. except(Verb)

    To take exception, to object (to or against).

  3. except(Conjunction)

    With the exception (that); used to introduce a clause, phrase or adverb forming an exception or qualification to something previously stated.

  4. except(Conjunction)

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

  5. except(Preposition)

    With the exception of; but.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Except(verb)

    to take or leave out (anything) from a number or a whole as not belonging to it; to exclude; to omit

  2. Except(verb)

    to object to; to protest against

  3. Except(verb)

    to take exception; to object; -- usually followed by to, sometimes by against; as, to except to a witness or his testimony

  4. Except

    with exclusion of; leaving or left out; excepting

  5. Except

    unless; if it be not so that

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'except' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2534

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'except' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2639

Anagrams of except

  1. expect

Translations for except

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


leaving out; not including

They're all here except him; Your essay was good except that it was too long.

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