Definition and Meanings for but

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Part of Speech of but

Etymology of but

old english be-?tan, b?tan, b?ta 'outside, without, except' see by, out

Meaning of but

as verb

  • no more than; only
  • except; besides; save.
  • excepting or excluding the fact that; save that; were it not that; unless; -- elliptical, for but that.
  • otherwise than that; that not; -- commonly, after a negative, with that.

as noun

  • an argument against something; an objection
  • the end; esp. the larger or thicker end, or the blunt, in distinction from the sharp, end. see 1st butt.

as conjunction

  • used to introduce a phrase or clause contrasting with what has already been mentioned
  • used to indicate the impossibility of anything other than what is being stated
  • used to introduce a response expressing a feeling such as surprise or anger
  • used after an expression of apology for what one is about to say

as preposition

  • except; apart from; other than
  • used with repetition of certain words to give emphasis
  • No antonyms for but

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