except
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /ɪkˈsɛpt/
  • IPA: /ɛkˈsɛpt/
  • IPA: /ɪkˈsɛpt/
Verb

except (excepts, present participle excepting; past and past participle excepted)

  1. (transitive) To exclude; to specify as being an exception.
    • 2007, Glen Bowersock, ‘Provocateur’, London Review of Books 29:4, page 17:
      But this [ban on circumcision] must have been a provocation, as the emperor Antoninus Pius later acknowledged by excepting the Jews.
  2. (intransitive) To take exception, to object (to or against).
    to except to a witness or his testimony
    • c. 1590–1591, William Shakespeare, “The Two Gentlemen of Verona”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene iv]:
      Except thou wilt except against my love.
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: […], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970 ↗:
      , vol.1, New York Review Books 2001, p.312:
      Yea, but methinks I hear some man except at these words […].
    • 1658, Sir Thomas Browne, Urne-Burial, Penguin 2005, page 23:
      The Athenians might fairly except against the practise of Democritus to be buried up in honey; as fearing to embezzle a great commodity of their Countrey
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, page 96:
      he was a great lover of music, and perhaps, had he lived in town, might have passed for a connoisseur; for he always excepted against the finest compositions of Mr Handel.
Related terms

Translations Translations Preposition
  1. With the exception of; but.
    There was nothing in the cupboard except a tin of beans.
    Synonyms: apart from, except for, outtake, with the exception of
Synonyms Translations Conjunction
  1. 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.
    • 1909, Archibald Marshall [pseudonym; Arthur Hammond Marshall], chapter II, in The Squire’s Daughter, London: Methuen, OCLC 12026604 ↗; republished New York, N.Y.: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1919, OCLC 491297620 ↗:
      "I don't want to spoil any comparison you are going to make," said Jim, "but I was at Winchester and New College." ¶ "That will do," said Mackenzie. "I was dragged up at the workhouse school till I was twelve. Then I ran away and sold papers in the streets, and anything else that I could pick up a few coppers by—except steal. […]."
  2. (archaic) Unless; used to introduce a hypothetical case in which an exception may exist.
    • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Gospel of Luke IX:
      And they sayde: We have no moo but five loves and two fisshes, except we shulde goo and bye meate for all this people.
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, New York 2001, p.106:
      Offensive wars, except the cause be very just, I will not allow of.
    • 1748, Samuel Richardson, Clarissa, Letter 27:
      I am […] not so clear how you will be able to avoid it, except you assert the independence to which your estate gives you a title.
Translations
  • French: si ce n'est
  • Portuguese: só que
  • Russian: за исключе́нием того́, что
  • Spanish: salvo que



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