except

The preposition except means "excluding." When we refer to the continental United States, we mean the whole country except Alaska and Hawaii.

This word can also be used as a conjunction meaning "but": If you're not very hungry, you might not eat anything, except a few crackers. As a verb, except is often used in the past tense: All drivers must obey the speed limit, but ambulances rushing to the hospital are excepted. Much more rare is the use of except as a verb meaning "to object," which we find mostly in legal contexts.

Definitions of except
1

v prevent from being included or considered or accepted

Synonyms:
exclude, leave off, leave out, omit, take out
Antonyms:
include
consider as part of something
Types:
elide
leave or strike out
drop
omit (a letter or syllable) in speaking or writing
Type of:
do away with, eliminate, extinguish, get rid of
terminate, end, or take out

v take exception to

Synonyms:
demur
Type of:
object
express or raise an objection or protest or criticism or express dissent

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