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ex·cept

except

 
 
pronunciation:
ihk sept
parts of speech:
preposition, conjunction
features:
Language Note, Word Parts
part of speech: preposition
definition: apart from; not including; but.
Everyone except Mary went to the seashore.
synonyms:
besides, but, save
 
part of speech: conjunction
definition 1: if it were not that; only; but.
We would have gone except it rained.
synonyms:
but, only
definition 2: unless; otherwise than.
He never stopped talking except to take a drink of water.
synonyms:
but
similar words:
unless
Language Note
Except is easy to confuse with accept because these two words sound alike. Accept is a verb that means "to receive or agree to." Except is a preposition that means "not including."

Mrs. Mulligan could not accept Jesse's excuse for being late. She believed his whole story, except the part about the aliens.
Word Parts  About this feature
The word except contains the following part:
cap1, cip, capt, cept, -ceive, -ceit Latin root that means to take, catch