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

  

except

 preposition
preposition
BrE BrE//ɪkˈsept//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈsept//
 
 
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 (also except for) used before you mention the only thing or person about which a statement is not true synonym apart from We work every day except Sunday. They all came except Matt. I had nothing on except for my socks. Which Word?besides / apart from / except The preposition besides means ‘in addition to’:What other sports do you like besides football? You use except when you mention the only thing that is not included in a statement:I like all sports except football. You can use apart from with both these meanings:What other sports do you like apart from football? I like all sports apart from football. Language BankexceptMaking an exception She wrote all of the songs on the album except for the final track. Apart from/aside from the final track, all of the songs on the album were written by her. The songwriting—with a few minor exceptions—is of a very high quality. With only one or two exceptions, the songwriting is of a very high quality. The majority of the compositions are less than three minutes long, with the notable exception of the title track. With the exception of the title track, this album is a huge disappointment. Here is a list of all the band’s CDs, excluding unofficial ‘bootleg’ recordings. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin except- ‘taken out’, from the verb excipere, from ex- ‘out of’ + capere ‘take’.
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