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Borrowed from Middle French excepter, from Latin exceptus.

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except (third-person singular simple present excepts, present participle excepting, simple past and past participle excepted)

  1. (transitive) To exclude; to specify as being an exception.
    • 2007, Glen Bowersock, “Provocateur”, in London Review of Books, 29:4, page 17:
      But this [ban on circumcision] must have been a provocation, as the emperor Antoninus Pius later acknowledged by excepting the Jews.
  2. (intransitive) To take exception, to object (to or against).
    to except to a witness or his testimony
    • c. 1590–1591 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Two Gentlemen of Verona”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies [] (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act II, scene iv]:
      Except thou wilt except against my love.
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: [], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, →OCLC:
      , vol.1, New York Review Books 2001, p.312:
      Yea, but methinks I hear some man except at these words […].
    • 1658, Sir Thomas Browne, Urne-Burial, Penguin, published 2005, page 23:
      The Athenians might fairly except against the practise of Democritus to be buried up in honey; as fearing to embezzle a great commodity of their Countrey
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, volumes (please specify |volume=I to VI), London: A[ndrew] Millar, [], →OCLC:
      he was a great lover of music, and perhaps, had he lived in town, might have passed for a connoisseur; for he always excepted against the finest compositions of Mr Handel.

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  1. with the exception of; but.
    Synonyms: apart from, except for, outtake, with the exception of
    There was nothing in the cupboard except a tin of beans.
    • 2014 June 14, “It's a gas”, in The Economist, volume 411, number 8891:
      One of the hidden glories of Victorian engineering is proper drains. Isolating a city’s effluent and shipping it away in underground sewers has probably saved more lives than any medical procedure except vaccination.

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  1. With the exception (that); used to introduce a clause, phrase or adverb forming an exception or qualification to something previously stated.
    You look a bit like my sister, except she has longer hair.
    I never made fun of her except teasingly.
    • 1909, Archibald Marshall [pseudonym; Arthur Hammond Marshall], chapter II, in The Squire’s Daughter, New York, N.Y.: Dodd, Mead and Company, published 1919, →OCLC:
      "I don't want to spoil any comparison you are going to make," said Jim, "but I was at Winchester and New College." ¶ "That will do," said Mackenzie. "I was dragged up at the workhouse school till I was twelve. Then I ran away and sold papers in the streets, and anything else that I could pick up a few coppers by—except steal. []."
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 2, in A Cuckoo in the Nest[1]:
      Mother [] considered that the exclusiveness of Peter's circle was due not to its distinction, but to the fact that it was an inner Babylon of prodigality and whoredom, from which every Kensingtonian held aloof, except on the conventional tip-and-run excursions in pursuit of shopping, tea and theatres.
  2. (archaic) Unless; used to introduce a hypothetical case in which an exception may exist.

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Borrowed from Latin exceptus.

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except m or n (feminine singular exceptă, masculine plural excepți, feminine and neuter plural excepte)

  1. excepted

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  • except in Academia Română, Micul dicționar academic, ediția a II-a, Bucharest: Univers Enciclopedic, 2010. →ISBN