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  1. but
    IPA[bət]
  2. conjunction

    • 1. used to introduce a phrase or clause contrasting with what has already been mentioned:

      he stumbled but didn't fall this is one principle, but it is not the only one the problem is not that they are cutting down trees, but that they are doing it in a predatory way I am clean but you are dirty
      Synonym : yet, nevertheless, nonetheless, even so, however, still, notwithstanding, despite that, in spite of that, for all that, all the same, just the same, at the same time, be that as it may, though, although, still and all, withal, natheless, howbeit
    • 2. used to indicate the impossibility of anything other than what is being stated:

      one cannot but sympathize there was nothing they could do but swallow their pride they had no alternative but to follow
      Synonym : (do) other than, otherwise than, except
    • 3. used to introduce a response expressing a feeling such as surprise or anger:

      but that's an incredible saving! but why?
    • 4. used after an expression of apology for what one is about to say:

      I'm sorry, but I can't pay you
    • 5. without it being the case that:

      it never rains but it pours

    preposition

    • 1. except; apart from; other than:

      in Texas, we were never anything but poor the last but one I trusted no one but him
    • 2. used with repetition of certain words to give emphasis:

      nobody, but nobody, was going to stop her

    adverb

    • 1. no more than; only:

      he is but a shadow of his former self

    noun

    • 1. an argument against something; an objection:

      no buts—just get out of here
    • noun

      an outer room, especially in a two-roomed cottage.
    • 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:

    • preposition

      except; apart from; other than:

      used with repetition of certain words to give emphasis:

    • adverb

      no more than; only:

      (used at the end of a sentence) though; however:

    • noun

      an outer room, especially in a two-roomed cottage.
    • very nearly

      all except

    • only
    • except for
    • other than that; except that
    • after all; on the other hand (introducing a contrasting comment)
    • not at all (used for emphasis)
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