Meaning of “except” in the English Dictionary

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

"except" in American English

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exceptpreposition, conjunction

us /ɪkˈsept/

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.

exceptverb [ T ]

us /ɪkˈsept/

to not include something or someone:

When I say I didn’t like the Midwest, I except Chicago.
preposition, conjunction us /ɪkˈsep·tɪŋ/

Excepting the two people who left early, I think everyone enjoyed the tour.

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

"except" in Business English

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uk /ɪkˈsept/ us also except for

used to mean 'not including' or 'but not':

Our offices are open Monday through Friday except on national holidays.
All money transfers, except for those between members of the same branch, will now be charged a transaction fee.

exceptverb [ T ]

uk /ɪkˈsept/ us

to not include someone or something:

be excepted from sth Materials used in farming are excepted from sales and use tax.
excepting sth Virtually all new restaurants in the region are smoke free, excepting those connected to a bar.

(Definition of “except” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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