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Definition of except verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



[usually passive] (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they except
he / she / it excepts
past simple excepted
-ing form excepting
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  • to not include someone or something except somebody/something The sanctions ban the sale of any products excepting medical supplies and food. Tours are arranged year round (January excepted). except somebody/something from something Children under five are excepted from the survey.
  • Idioms
    present company excepted (informal)
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    used after being rude or critical about someone to say that the people you are talking to are not included in the criticism The people in this office are so narrow-minded, present company excepted, of course.
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: except

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