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to except

Third person singular

Simple past

Past participle

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to except (third-person singular simple present excepts, present participle excepting, simple past and past participle excepted)

  1. (transitive) To exclude; to specify as being an exception.
    • 2007, Glen Bowersock, ‘Provocateur’, London Review of Books 29:4, p. 17:
      But this [ban on circumcision] must have been a provocation, as the emperor Antoninus Pius later acknowledged by excepting the Jews.
  2. (intransitive, rare) To take exception, to object (to or against).
    • 1658, Sir Thomas Browne, Urne-Burial, Penguin 2005, p. 23:
      The Athenians might fairly except against the practise of Democritus to be buried up in honey; as fearing to embezzle a great commodity of their Countrey
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, p. 96:
      he was a great lover of music, and perhaps, had he lived in town, might have passed for a connoisseur; for he always excepted against the finest compositions of Mr Handel.

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