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1 take exception to; "he demurred at my suggestion to work on Saturday" [syn: demur]
2 prevent from being included or considered or accepted; "The bad results were excluded from the report"; "Leave off the top piece" [syn: exclude, leave out, leave off, omit, take out] [ant: include]

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  1. To exclude; to specify as being an exception.
    • 2007: But this [ban on circumcision] must have been a provocation, as the emperor Antoninus Pius later acknowledged by excepting the Jews. — Glen Bowersock, ‘Provocateur’, London Review of Books 29:4, p. 17
  2. In the context of "intransitive|rare|construed with to or against": To take exception, to object to.
    • 1658: 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 — Sir Thomas Browne, Urne-Burial (Penguin 2005, p. 23)


to exclude
  • Dutch: uitsluiten
  • Finnish: tehdä poikkeus, antaa erivapaus, vapauttaa (jostakin)
  • Hungarian: kizár
to take exception, to object to
  • Dutch: bezwaar hebben, protesteren
  • Finnish: vastustaa
  • Hungarian: visszautasít, óvást emel


  1. With the exception of; but.
    There was nothing in the cupboard except a tin of beans.


with the exception of
  • Arabic: (’illā)
  • Czech: kromě
  • Dutch: behalve
  • Finnish: muuta kuin
  • French: excepté, sauf
  • German: außer
  • Hungarian: kivéve
  • Kurdish:
  • Spanish: excepto, salvo


  1. With the exception (that); used to introduce a clause, phrase or adverb forming an exception or qualification to something previously stated.
    You look a bit like my sister, except she has longer hair.
    I never made fun of her except teasingly.
  2. Unless; used to introduce a hypothetical case in which an exception may exist.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, Folio Society 2006, p. 34:
      they seeme to have so much the lesser feare to mistake or forget themselves, which also notwithstanding being an airie bodie, and without hold-fast, may easily escape the memorie, except it be well assured.


with the exception that
  • Finnish: paitsi


Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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