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Synonyms for but
bʌt; unstressed bətbut

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  1. butconjunction

    Merely, only.

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

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

  2. butconjunction

    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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. merely, simply, just, only, butadverb

    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

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. butconj.

    on the other hand, on the contrary

  2. butconj.

    yet, still, however, nevertheless, moreover, further

  3. butconj.

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

  4. butconj.

    but that, otherwise than that

  5. butprep.

    except, excepting

  6. butadjective

    only, no more than

  7. butnoun

    end (especially the larger end), but-end

  8. butnoun

    bound, boundary, mete

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  1. Stepson Phillip Brown:

    I was tremendously surprised, he was a hard worker, but I don't think anybody had an idea that he was a multi-millionaire.

  2. Kris Jenner:

    I know that. Kris Jenner’s also very Christian. Kris Jenner’s kinda like, from our standpoint, the real enemy. But that’s OK, I can handle that.

  3. John Kerry:

    I would say that probably 99% of Americans don't know that they're here doing what they're doing, but for a lot of Americans, this is one of the most important missions in the world because they're still missing their loved ones and they don't have closure, and people deserve and want closure. War has terrible, lingering scars, and where you have an ability to be able to address them, we should.

  4. Alex Ovechkin:

    Every team was special, but I thought the only thing that last couple years, we didn't pass the second round. Just playing, and no satisfaction. Every year we want to fight through it. Finally we did. We knew this year is going to be our year. We just have to believe it and keep working, keep playing.

  5. Erika Miranda:

    It's a tough challenge but it's not impossible, judo is one of the sports that must weigh in with medals if we are to finish in the top 10. But when you prepare, you are confident and I am confident we will do well.

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