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except1

[ik-sept] /ɪkˈsɛpt/
preposition
1.
with the exclusion of; excluding; save; but:
They were all there except me.
conjunction
2.
only; with the exception (usually followed by that):
parallel cases except that one is younger than the other.
3.
otherwise than; but (followed by an adv., phrase, or clause):
well fortified except here.
4.
Archaic. unless.
Idioms
5.
except for, if it were not for:
She would travel more except for lack of money.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English: orig., past participle adj. < Latin exceptus (past participle of excipere to take out), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + -ceptus (combining form of captus, past participle of capere to take)
Synonyms
1. Except (more rarely excepting ), but, save point out something excluded from a general statement. Except emphasizes the excluding: Take any number except 12. But merely states the exclusion: We ate all but one. Save is now mainly found in poetic use: nothing in sight save sky and sea.

except2

[ik-sept] /ɪkˈsɛpt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to exclude; leave out:
present company excepted.
verb (used without object)
2.
to object (usually followed by to or against):
to except to a statement; to except against a witness.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English excepten < Middle French excepter < Latin exceptāre, derivative of exceptus (see except1)
Related forms
exceptable, adjective
nonexcepted, adjective
unexceptable, adjective
unexcepted, adjective
Usage note
See accept.
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British Dictionary definitions for ex cept

except

/ɪkˈsɛpt/
preposition
1.
Also except for. other than; apart from; with the exception of: he likes everyone except you, except for this mistake, you did very well
2.
(conjunction) except that, but for the fact that; were it not true that
conjunction
3.
an archaic word for unless
4.
(informal) except that; but for the fact that: I would have arrived earlier, except I lost my way
verb
5.
(transitive) to leave out; omit; exclude
6.
(rare) (intransitive) often foll by to. to take exception; object
Word Origin
C14: from Old French excepter to leave out, from Latin exceptāre, from excipere to take out, from capere to take
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Word Origin and History for ex cept

except

v.

late 14c., "to receive," from Middle French excepter (12c.), from Latin exceptus, past participle of excipere "take out," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + capere "to take" (see capable). Meaning "to leave out" is from 1510s. Related: Excepted; excepting. Adjectival function led to use as a preposition, conjunction (late 14c.).

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