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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
ex•cept1 /ɪkˈsɛpt/USA pronunciation   prep. 
  1. with the exclusion of;
    other than;
    but: They were all there except me.

  1. [~ (+ that)] only;
    with the exception: These are parallel cases except (that) one is younger than the other.
  2. [+ adverb/phrase/clause] otherwise than;
    but: Our defenses were well fortified except in that corner.
  1. Idiomsexcept for, if it were not for: They would travel more except for lack of money.

ex•cept2 /ɪkˈsɛpt/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object]
  1. to exclude;
    leave out: The A students were excepted from taking the exam.
See -cep-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
ex•cept1  (ik sept),USA pronunciation prep. 
  1. with the exclusion of;
    but:They were all there except me.
  2. Idiomsexcept for, if it were not for:She would travel more except for lack of money.

  1. only;
    with the exception (usually fol. by that):parallel cases except that one is younger than the other.
  2. otherwise than;
    but (fol. by an adv., phrase, or clause):well fortified except here.
  3. [Archaic.]unless.
  • 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)
  • Middle English: origin, originally, past participle adjective, adjectival 1350–1400
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged Except (more rarely
      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.

ex•cept2  (ik sept),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to exclude;
    leave out:present company excepted.

  1. to object (usually fol. by to or against):to except to a statement; to except against a witness.
ex•cepta•ble, adj. 
  • Latin exceptāre, derivative of exceptus (see except1)
  • Middle French excepter
  • Middle English excepten 1350–1400
    See  accept. 

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
except /ɪkˈsɛpt/ prep
  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. except that ⇒ (conjunction) but for the fact that; were it not true that
  1. an archaic word for unless
  2. informal except that; but for the fact that: I would have arrived earlier, except I lost my way
  1. (transitive) to leave out; omit; exclude
  2. (intransitive) often followed by to: rare to take exception; object
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French excepter to leave out, from Latin exceptāre, from excipere to take out, from capere to take
'except' also found in these entries:
Collocations: except them from [having to, paying], have been excepted from [control, inspection, criticism], excepted from [serving, doing, going, being], more...

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