verb (used with object)
- to exclude; leave out: present company excepted.
verb (used without object)
- to object (usually followed by to or against): to except to a statement; to except against a witness.
- Also: except for other than; apart from; with the exception ofhe likes everyone except you; except for this mistake, you did very well
- except that (conjunction) but for the fact that; were it not true that
- an archaic word for unless
- informal except that; but for the fact thatI would have arrived earlier, except I lost my way
- (tr) to leave out; omit; exclude
- (intr often foll by to) rare to take exception; object
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.).