except


except
1 /Ik'sept/ conjunction
1 except for
a) apart from: Except for one old lady, the bus was empty. | The roads were clear except for a few cars.
b) except for John/her/me etc leaving out or not including John, her etc: The children are all asleep except for Lorna.
c) if someone or something had not happened or existed: Nina would have left him years ago except for the children.
2 except do sth apart from doing something: Tom does everything around the house except cook. | a computer that can do everything except talk
3 spoken but: I'd love to go, except it's too expensive. | It doesn't matter that I had to wait, except you did say four o'clock.
2 preposition used to introduce the only thing or person in a group about which a statement is not true: Everyone except Adam went to the concert. | You can have any of the cakes except this one. | We're open every day except Monday. (+ in/to/up etc): I can take my vacation at any time except in August. | Peter's not going anywhere except to work. (+ (that)): The house was just as I left it except that everything was covered with dust. | I've got one exactly the same except it's silver. (+ what/how/why etc): I don't know anything about the case except what I read in the newspaper. | except by doing sth: You can't get credit except by making special arrangements with the management. 3 verb (transitive + from) formal to not include something when you are talking about or considering a number or group of things

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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  • except — [ek sept′, iksept′] vt. [ME excepten < OFr excepter < L exceptare, to take out, except < exceptus, pp. of excipere < ex , out + capere, to take: see HAVE] to leave out or take out; make an exception of; exclude; omit vi. Now Rare to… …   English World dictionary

  • except — Ⅰ. except UK US /ɪkˈsept/ preposition (also except for) ► used to mean not including or but not : »Our offices are open Monday through Friday except on national holidays. » All money transfers, except for those between members of the same branch …   Financial and business terms

  • Except — Ex*cept , v. i. To take exception; to object; usually followed by to, sometimes by against; as, to except to a witness or his testimony. [1913 Webster] Except thou wilt except against my love. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Except — Ex*cept ([e^]k*s[e^]pt ), conj. Unless; if it be not so that. [1913 Webster] And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. Gen. xxxii. 26. [1913 Webster] But yesterday you never opened lip, Except, indeed, to drink. Tennyson. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • except — ex·cept /ik sept/ vt: to take or leave out (as from insurance coverage or a deed): exclude specifically except ed the air carriers and unions from the provisions M. A. Kelly vi: object; esp: to fi …   Law dictionary

  • Except — Ex*cept , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Excepted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Excepting}.] [L. exceptus, p. p. of excipere to take or draw out, to except; ex out + capere to take: cf. F. excepter. See {Capable}.] 1. To take or leave out (anything) from a number or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • except — [prep] other than apart from, aside from, bar, barring, besides, but, excepting, excluding, exclusive of, exempting, if not, lacking, leaving out, minus, not for, omitting, outside of, rejecting, save, saving, short of, without, with the… …   New thesaurus

  • except — late 14c., to receive, from M.Fr. excepter (12c.), from L. exceptus, pp. of excipere take out, from ex out (see EX (Cf. ex )) + capere to take (see CAPABLE (Cf. capable)). Meaning to leave out is from 1510s. Related …   Etymology dictionary

  • except — ► PREPOSITION ▪ not including; other than. ► CONJUNCTION ▪ used before a statement that forms an exception to one just made. ► VERB ▪ exclude: present company excepted. ORIGIN from Latin excipere take out …   English terms dictionary

  • except — ex|cept1 W2S2 [ıkˈsept] conj, prep 1.) used to introduce the only person, thing, action, fact, or situation about which a statement is not true ▪ The office is open every day except Sundays. ▪ You can have any of the cakes except this one. except …   Dictionary of contemporary English


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