Definition of But in English :

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But meaning in English

Meaning of But in English

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But

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Adverb

1. but, just, merely, only, simply

and nothing more

Example Sentences:
'I was merely asking'
'it is simply a matter of time'
'just a scratch'
'he was only a child'
'hopes that last but a moment'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


But

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conjunction (coordinating)
1. 
contrary to expectation
he cut his knee but didn't cry
2. 
in contrast; on the contrary
I like opera but my husband doesn't
3. (usually used after a negative)
other than
we can't do anything but wait
conjunction (subordinating)
4. (usually used after a negative)
without it happening or being the case that
we never go out but it rains
5. (foll by that)
except that
nothing is impossible but that we live forever
6. archaic
if not; unless
sentence connector
7. informal
used to introduce an exclamation
my, but you're nice
preposition
8. 
except; save
they saved all but one of the pigs
9.  but for
adverb
10. 
just; merely; only
he was but a child
I can but try
11. Scottish, Australian and New Zealand informal
though; however
it's a rainy day: warm, but
12.  all but
noun
13. 
an objection (esp in the phrase ifs and buts)
noun
1. 
the outer room of a two-roomed cottage: usually the kitchen
preposition, adverb
2. 
in or into the outer part (of a house)
Compare ben1

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But

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preposition
1. 
with the exception of; excepting; save [nobody came but me]
earlier, and still sometimes, regarded as a conjunction and followed by the nominative case [nobody came but I (came)]
2. 
except; other than
used with an infinitive as the object
we cannot choose but (to) stay
conjunction
3. 
and in spite of this; and even so; yet
he is a villain, but he has some virtues
4. 
and on the contrary
I am old, but you are young
5. 
unless; except that
it never rains but it pours
6. 
that
I don't question but you're correct
7. 
that . . . not
it's not so high but we can jump it
adverb
8. 
only
if I had but known
9. 
merely; no more than; not otherwise than
he is but a child
10. 
just
I heard it but now
11. 
on the other hand; yet
used to introduce a sentence
12.  Slang
absolutely; positively
he did it, but good
pronoun
13. 
who . . . not; which . . . not
not a man but felt it
noun
Scottish
the outer room, esp. the kitchen, of a cottage

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But

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pref.
Containing a group of four carbon atoms: butyl.
conj.
1. On the contrary: the plan caused not prosperity but ruin.
2. Contrary to expectation; yet: She organized her work but accomplished very little. He is tired but happy.
3. Usage Problem Used to indicate an exception: No one but she saw the prowler.
4. With the exception that; except that. Often used with that: would have joined the band but he couldn't spare the time; would have resisted but that they lacked courage.
5. Informal Without the result that: It never rains but it pours.
6. Informal That. Often used after a negative: There is no doubt but right will prevail.
7. That ... not. Used after a negative or question: There never is a tax law presented but someone will oppose it.
8. Informal Than: They had no sooner arrived but they turned around and left.
prep.
Usage Problem Except.
adv.
1. Merely; just; only: hopes that lasted but a moment.
2. Used as an intensive: Get out of here but fast!
n.
A concern or objection: My offer is final, no ifs, ands, or buts.

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