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Except, vb. 1) trans. a) to take out of a number, to exclude: “e. not any,” Gentl. II, 4, 154. “--ing one,” R2 IV, 31. R3 I, 1, 99. “--ing none,” H6B I, 1, 193 (used blunderingly by Verges: Ado III, 5, 33). “only you --ed,” Ado I, 1, 126. As III, 2, 103. “always --ed my dear Claudio,” Ado III, 1, 93.
b) to object to, to protest against, to refuse: “desire is death, which physic did e.” Sonn. 147, 8. “let her e. before --ed,” Tw. I, 3, 7 (allusion to a law-phrase). “my high blood's royalty, which fear, not reverence, makes thee to e.” R2 I, 1, 72. “within the bond of marriage . . . is it --ed I should know no secrets?” Caes. II, 1, 281 (made a reservation).
2) intr. to object: “let her e.” Tw. I, 3, 7. Followed by “against:” Gentl. I, 3, 83. II, 4, 155.
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