Meaning of “but” in the English Dictionary

"but" in British English

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butconjunction

uk strong /bʌt/ weak /bət/ us strong /bʌt/ weak /bət/

A1 used to introduce an added statement, usually something that is different from what you have said before:

She's very hard-working but not very imaginative.
This is not caused by evil, but by simple ignorance.
The play's good, but not that good - I've seen better.
I'm sorry, but I think you're wrong when you say she did it deliberately.
Call me old-fashioned, but I like handwritten letters.
"She said she's leaving." "But why?"
You can invite Keith to the party, but please don't ask that friend of his.
We must not complain about the problem, but (= instead we must) help to put it right.
She's not a painter but a writer (= she is a writer, not a painter).
She's not only a painter but also a writer (= she is both).
UK He said he hadn't been there, but then (= it is not surprising that) he would say that.
UK I think it's true, but then (= it should be understood that), I'm no expert.

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butpreposition, conjunction

uk strong /bʌt/ /bət/ us /bʌt/ /bət/

B1 except:

Eventually, all but one of them promised to come to his birthday party.
He's anything but violent (= not violent in any way).
I would have crashed the car but for your warning.
This is the last episode but one (= one before the last) of the series.
She's one of those guests who does nothing but complain.
This car has been nothing but trouble - it's always breaking down!

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butadverb

uk strong /bʌt/ /bət/ us /bʌt/ /bət/

butnoun

uk strong /bʌt/ /bət/ us /bʌt/ /bət/

(Definition of “but” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"but" in American English

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butconjunction

us /bʌt, bət/

but conjunction (DIFFERENCE)

used to express a difference or to introduce an added statement:

You can take Route 14 to get there, but it may take you a little longer.
We enjoyed our vacation a lot, but it was expensive.

butpreposition

us /bʌt, bət/

but preposition (EXCEPT)

except:

Nobody but John was willing to talk to her.
This car has been nothing but trouble – it’s always breaking down!

(Definition of “but” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)