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Meaning of “except” in the English Dictionary

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"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.
excepting
preposition, conjunction us   /ɪkˈsep·tɪŋ/
Excepting the two people who left early, I think everyone enjoyed the tour.
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"except" in Business English

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exceptpreposition

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)
Translations of “except”
in Korean -을 제외하고…
in Arabic ما عَدا…
in Malaysian kecuali…
in French sauf (que)…
in Russian кроме…
in Chinese (Traditional) (表示不包括)除…之外…
in Italian eccetto (che), fuorché…
in Turkish ...den başka, ...in/ın dışında, ...hariç…
in Polish oprócz, z wyjątkiem…
in Spanish excepto, salvo…
in Vietnamese ngoại trừ…
in Portuguese exceto, fora…
in Thai นอกจาก…
in German außer…
in Catalan excepte…
in Japanese ~以外は…
in Chinese (Simplified) (表示不包括)除…之外…
in Indonesian kecuali…
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