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Synonyms for but
bʌt; unstressed bət

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. merely, simply, just, only, but(adverb)

    and nothing more

    "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"

    solely, plainly, hardly, alone, barely, exclusively, only if, only, entirely, just, scarce, just now, simply, merely, precisely, only when, exactly, scarcely


  1. but(conjunction)

    Outside of.

    Away but the hoose and tell me whae's there.

    excepting, excluding, bar, unless, with the exception of, without

  2. but(conjunction)

    However, although, nevertheless (implies that the following clause is contrary to prior belief or contrasts with or contradicts the preceding clause or sentence).

    yet, ac, although

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. but

    But ranges from the faintest contrast to absolute negation; as, I am willing to go, but (on the other hand) content to stay; he is not an honest man, but (on the contrary) a villain. The contrast may be with a silent thought; as, but let us go (it being understood that we might stay longer). In restrictive use, except and excepting are slightly more emphatic than but; we say, no injury but a scratch; or, no injury except some painful bruises. Such expressions as "words are but breath" (nothing but) may be referred to the restrictive use by ellipsis. So may the use of but in the sense of unless; as, "it never rains but it pours." To the same head must be referred the conditional use; as, "you may go, but with your father's consent" (i. e., "provided you have," "except that you must have," etc.). "Doubt but" is now less used than the more logical "doubt that." But never becomes a full synonym for and; and adds something like, but adds something different; "brave and tender" implies that tenderness is natural to the brave; "brave but tender" implies that bravery and tenderness are rarely combined. For the concessive use, compare NOTWITHSTANDING.

    and, barely, besides, except, further, however, just, merely, moreover, nevertheless, notwithstanding, notwithstanding, only, provided, save, still, that, tho, unless, yet

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. but

    save, except, barring, yet, beside, excluding, still, excepting, notwithstanding

    with, including, inclusive, nevertheless, however, notwithstanding

Editors Contribution

  1. anyang

    Submitted by anonymous on February 24, 2020  
  2. unkown

    it is an adjective of many different meaning.but the definition is not the same .


    Submitted by anonymous on April 23, 2020  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. but(conj.)

    on the other hand, on the contrary

  2. but(conj.)

    yet, still, however, nevertheless, moreover, further

  3. but(conj.)

    unless, if it were not that, if it be not that

  4. but(conj.)

    but that, otherwise than that

  5. but(prep.)

    except, excepting

  6. but(ad.)

    only, no more than

  7. but(n.)

    end (especially the larger end), but-end

  8. but(n.)

    bound, boundary, mete

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    however, yet, ale, although, though, nevertheless, most, except, only, without, .but, mais, fta, rather, pa, aber, efa, pero, ma, nonetheless, albeit

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  1. Frances Manfrey:

    We originally balked at our midwife’s total fee of $3,500, that all had to come out of pocket in regular payments, but we budgeted and made it work.

  2. German Chancellor Angela Merkel:

    This joint European asylum system cannot just exist on paper but must also exist in practice. I say that because it lays out minimum standards for accommodating refugees and the task of registering refugees, our responsibility is deeply moral. It is a human responsibility.

  3. Mark Carney:

    The Bank of England's role is to help UK businesses and households manage through an economic shock that could prove large and sharp but should be temporary, this is a big package. It's a big package. It is a big deal.

  4. Ana Lia Agullo:

    It's totally different from Macri's supposed model, which is obviously not a model at all but rather a big-business trick typical of people belonging to his class.

  5. Michael Liebreich:

    The first two quarters of 2015, taken together, have seen investment down 18 percent compared to the first half of last year, it is possible that the Q1 and Q2 2015 figures will be revised up a bit in due course as some more deals are disclosed, but we have been predicting since January that this year would see lower investment than 2014 because of the strong dollar.

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