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Meaning of EXCEPT

Pronunciation:  ik'sept

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  prevent from being included or considered or accepted; "The bad results were excluded from the report"; "Leave off the top piece"
  2. [v]  take exception to

EXCEPT is a 6 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: demur, exclude, leave off, leave out, omit, take out
 Antonyms: include
 See Also: do away with, elide, eliminate, get rid of, object



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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 a whole
       as not belonging to it; to exclude; to omit.
             Who never touched The excepted tree.  --Milton.
             Wherein (if we only except the unfitness of the
             judge) all other things concurred.    --Bp.
    2. To object to; to protest against. [Obs.] --Shak.
  2. \Ex*cept"\, v. i.
    To take exception; to object; -- usually followed by to,
    sometimes by against; as, to except to a witness or his
          Except thou wilt except against my love. --Shak.
  3. \Ex*cept"\, prep. [Originally past participle, or verb in
    the imperative mode.]
    With exclusion of; leaving or left out; excepting.
          God and his Son except, Created thing naught valued he
          nor . . . shunned.                       --Milton.
    Syn: {Except}, {Excepting}, {But}, {Save}, {Besides}.
    Usage: Excepting, except, but, and save are exclusive. Except
           marks exclusion more pointedly. ``I have finished all
           the letters except one,'' is more marked than ``I have
           finished all the letters but one.'' Excepting is the
           same as except, but less used. Save is chiefly found
           in poetry. Besides (lit., by the side of) is in the
           nature of addition. ``There is no one here except or
           but him,'' means, take him away and there is nobody
           present. ``There is nobody here besides him,'' means,
           hi is present and by the side of, or in addition to,
           him is nobody. ``Few ladies, except her Majesty, could
           have made themselves heard.'' In this example, besides
           should be used, not except.
  4. \Ex*cept"\, conj.
    Unless; if it be not so that.
          And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless
          me.                                      --Gen. xxxii.
          But yesterday you never opened lip, Except, indeed, to
          drink.                                   --Tennyson.
    Note: As a conjunction unless has mostly taken the place of
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