Definition of but preposition from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//bət//
; NAmE NAmE//bət//
; BrE strong form BrE//bʌt//
; NAmE strong form NAmE//bʌt//
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except; apart from We've had nothing but trouble with this car. The problem is anything but easy. Who but Rosa could think of something like that? Everyone was there but him. I came last but one in the race (= I wasn't last but next to last). Take the first turning but one (= not the first one but the one after it). Word OriginOld English be-ūtan, būtan, būta ‘outside, without, except’ (see by, out).
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