Definition and Meanings for but
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Part of Speech of but
Etymology of but
Meaning of but
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- except; apart from; other than
- used with repetition of certain words to give emphasis