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English definition of “except”

except

preposition, conjunction  /ɪkˈsept/ us  
not including; but not: It’s cool and quiet everywhere except (for) the kitchen. Everyone is here except Peter. Except also means with this difference or in this case only: The twins look exactly alike except (that) one is slightly taller. The deserted town is silent, except when wind rustles the weeds or bangs a door.

except

verb [T]  /ɪkˈsept/ us  
to not include something or someone: When I say I didn’t like the Midwest, I except Chicago.
excepting
preposition, conjunction  /ɪkˈsep·tɪŋ/ us  
Excepting the two people who left early, I think everyone enjoyed the tour.
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