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exception

noun [C or U] uk   us   /ɪkˈsep.ʃən/
B2 someone or something that is not included in a rule, group, or list or that does not behave in the expected way: Men are usually quite good at map-reading but Tim is the exception. There are exceptions to every rule. I like all kinds of movies with the exception of (= but not) horror movies. Her books are always entertaining and this one is no exception. You must report here every Tuesday without exception.make an exception C1 to not treat someone or something according to the usual rules: We don't usually accept late applications, but in this case we will make an exception.take exception to sth/sb C2 to be offended or made angry by something or someone: Why did you take exception to what he said? He was only joking.
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in Korean 예외…
in Arabic اسْتِثْناء…
in Portuguese exceção…
in Catalan excepció…
in Japanese 例外…
in Italian eccezione…
in Chinese (Traditional) 除外的人, 例外的事物…
in Russian исключение…
in Turkish istisna, hariç tutma…
in Chinese (Simplified) 除外的人, 例外的事物…
in Polish wyjątek…
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