With the exclusion of; other than; but: everyone except me. conj.
- If it were not for the fact that; only. Often used with that: I would buy the suit, except that it costs too much.
- Otherwise than: They didn't open their mouths except to complain.
- Unless: â€œAnd ne'er throughout the year to church thou go'st/Except it be to pray against thy foesâ€ (Shakespeare).
v., -ceptÂ·ed, -ceptÂ·ing, -cepts. v.tr.
To leave out; exclude: An admission fee is charged, but children are excepted. v.intr.
To object: Counsel excepted to the court's ruling.idiom:
- Were it not for: I would join you except for my cold.
[Middle English, from Latin exceptus, past participle of excipere, to exclude : ex-, ex- + capere, to take.]
USAGE NOTE Except in the sense of â€œwith the exclusion ofâ€ or â€œother thanâ€ is generally viewed as a preposition, not a conjunction. Therefore, a personal pronoun that follows except should be in the objective case: No one except me knew it. Everyone had a ticket except her.