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

 

except

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ɪkˈsept//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈsept//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they except
BrE BrE//ɪkˈsept//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈsept//
 
he / she / it excepts
BrE BrE//ɪkˈsepts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈsepts//
 
past simple excepted
BrE BrE//ɪkˈseptɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈseptɪd//
 
past participle excepted
BrE BrE//ɪkˈseptɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈseptɪd//
 
-ing form excepting
BrE BrE//ɪkˈseptɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈseptɪŋ//
 
 
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  • [usually passive] (formal) to not include somebody/something except somebody/something The sanctions ban the sale of any products excepting medical supplies and food. Tours are arranged all year round (January excepted). except somebody/something from something Children under five are excepted from the survey.
  • Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin except- ‘taken out’, from the verb excipere, from ex- ‘out of’ + capere ‘take’.Idioms
    present company excepted
     
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    (informal) used after being rude or critical about somebody 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 American Dictionary entry: except

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