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All the asylum clothing is made by the patients, but sewing does not employ one's mind. After several months' confinement the thoughts of the busy world grow faint, and all the poor prisoners can do is to sit and ponder over their hopeless fate.
Nellie Bly

Meaning of "but" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD BUT

Old English būtan without, outside, except, from beby + ūtanout; related to Old Saxon biūtan, Old High German biūzan.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF BUT

but  [bʌt] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF BUT

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
But can act as a noun, an adverb, a preposition and a conjunction.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The adverb is an invariable part of the sentence that can change, explain or simplify a verb or another adverb.

The preposition is an invariable grammatical category, that has no meaning itself and which serves to link or relate terms.

The conjunction is an invariable grammatical category used to join together words and sentences.

WHAT DOES BUT MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Conjunction (grammar)

In grammar, a conjunction is a part of speech that connects words, sentences, phrases or clauses. A discourse connective is a conjunction joining sentences. This definition may overlap with that of other parts of speech, so what constitutes a "conjunction" must be defined for each language. In general, a conjunction is an invariable grammatical particle, and it may or may not stand between the items it conjoins. The definition may also be extended to idiomatic phrases that behave as a unit with the same function, eg "as well as", "provided that". Many students are taught that certain conjunctions should not begin sentences. But authorities such as the Chicago Manual of Style state that this teaching has "no historical or grammatical foundation". A simple literary example of a conjunction: "the truth of nature, and the power of giving interest"...

Definition of but in the English dictionary

The first definition of but in the dictionary is contrary to expectation. Other definition of but is in contrast; on the contrary. But is also other than.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE BUT

busywork
but and ben
but for
butadiene
butane
butane gas
butanoic acid
butanol
butanone
butch
butcher
butcher´s
butcher´s boy
butcher´s hook
butcher´s shop
butcher´s-broom
butcherbird
butcherer
butcheries
butcherly

WORDS THAT END LIKE BUT

about
check out
checkout
cut
debut
find out
gut
hut
input
input/output
layout
on the way out
out
out and about
output
put
slut
talk about
throughout
tout

Synonyms and antonyms of but in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «BUT»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «but» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of but

Translation of «but» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF BUT

Find out the translation of but to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of but from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «but» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

但是
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

pero
570 millions of speakers

English

but
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

लेकिन
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

لَكِن
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

но
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

mas
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

কিন্তু
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

mais
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Tetapi
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

aber
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

しかし
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

그러나
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Nanging
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

nhưng
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

ஆனாலும்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

परंतु
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

fakat
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

ma
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

ale
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

але
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

dar
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

αλλά
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

maar
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

men
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

men
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of but

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «BUT»

The term «but» is very widely used and occupies the 321 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «BUT» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «but» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «but» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about but

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10 QUOTES WITH «BUT»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word but.
1
Anthony Anderson
Things are changing. I've been training since I was 9 years old to stretch my wings as an actor dramatically, but have never really been afforded the opportunity to show that.
2
Ian Anderson
There seems to be an inclination among rock musicians to be very carefree with money, but I negotiate the best flight and hotel deals on our tours to maximise the band's income - I don't want too see too much taken off the top line.
3
Steve Aoki
High school and college were my punk, formative years. I was playing hardcore, learning to be a musician. In bands, you tour, but you're paid nothing; you're playing to 50 people in a basement, sleeping in a van, and you love it.
4
Gemma Arterton
I probably should get a bit more star-struck but I never do.
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Isaac Asimov
It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be.
6
Michael Behe
The theory of undirected evolution is already dead, but the work of science continues.
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Nellie Bly
All the asylum clothing is made by the patients, but sewing does not employ one's mind. After several months' confinement the thoughts of the busy world grow faint, and all the poor prisoners can do is to sit and ponder over their hopeless fate.
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Raymond Bonner
I've gradually gained more confidence swimming for distance in the open sea, but I still return to the rock pools.
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Steve Brown
But either way you cannot deny the sales and what we did.
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Marcus Buckingham
Always work hard. Intensity clarifies. It creates not only momentum, but also the pressure you need to feel either friction, or fulfillment.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «BUT»

Discover the use of but in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to but and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Nothing But the Truth: A Documentary Novel
Ninth-grader Philip Malloy's suspension for humming "The Star-Spangled Banner" during homeroom becomes a national news story.
Avi, 1991
2
Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary "Executive Skills" ...
Helpful worksheets and forms can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 1/2" x 11" size. Small changes can add up to big improvements--this empowering book shows how.
Peg Dawson, Richard Guare, 2011
3
Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish ...
Why the endless marital quarrels over who is right? Why can we see hypocrisy in others but not in ourselves? Are we all liars? Or do we really believe the stories we tell?
Carol Tavris, Elliot Aronson, 2008
4
Nothing But the Truth Level 4
Modern, original fiction for learners of English.
George Kershaw, 1999
5
Everything but the Coffee: Learning about America from Starbucks
Everything but the Coffee casts a fresh eye on the world's most famous coffee company, looking beyond baristas, movie cameos, and Paul McCartney CDs to understand what Starbucks can tell us about America.
Bryant Simon, 2009
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But Some of Us Are Brave: All the Women Are White, All the ...
Essays study the history and position of Black women in America, discussing such topics as racism, Black feminism, and Black women's literature
Gloria T. Hull, Patricia Bell Scott, Barbara Smith, 1982
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The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail-but ...
This is the “prediction paradox”: The more humility we have about our ability to make predictions, the more successful we can be in planning for the future.
Nate Silver, 2012
8
Anything But Typical
Jason, a twelve-year-old autistic boy who wants to become a writer, relates what his life is like as he tries to make sense of his world.
Nora Raleigh Baskin, 2010
9
I Don't Mean to be Rude, But -
With the inside gossip on this year's Top Ten finalists and Simon's favourites to win, this is the only book for avid fans of the Pop Idol phenomenon. Do YOU have what it takes to be a star?
Simon Cowell, 2004
10
Tough Times Never Last, But Tough People Do!
Life is full of ups and downs. All of us have problems, but through this book Schuller show you how to build a positive self-image and emerge a winner.
Robert H Schuller, 2006

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «BUT»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term but is used in the context of the following news items.
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Gay rights push continues in Michigan, but 2016 ballot proposal …
"We are seeing some people wanting to have conversations to find out a little bit more about it, but we haven't seen a lot of Republicans talk ... «MLive.com, Jul 15»
2
Purdy: Vancouver was great, but all not well with women's soccer
The pictures from Vancouver were so spectacular and joyous. Happy women in USA uniforms. Happy USA fans cheering. Happy presentation ... «San Jose Mercury News, Jul 15»
3
Sorry, But the Perfect Lego Brick May Never Be Eco-Friendly
Legos just click. If you've ever played with a competing brand of “interlocking plastic bricks,” you know that Lego's big advantage is their solidity, ... «Wired, Jul 15»
4
Wimbledon 2015: I don't care if you love me, but respect me, says …
Wimbledon 2015: I don't care if you love me, but respect me, says Nick ... Nick Kyrgios doesn't want Australians to love him, but believes he ... «Sydney Morning Herald, Jul 15»
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Sorry, but the jobless future isn't a luddite fallacy
But policy makers will have a big new problem to deal with: the disappearance of human jobs. Not only will there be fewer jobs for people doing ... «Washington Post, Jul 15»
6
Everyone wants a new education law, but debate will feature …
The law passed with bipartisan support 14 years ago, but since then has become almost universally regarded as an unworkable and overly ... «Washington Post, Jul 15»
7
SVG likes Stanley Johnson but says Pistons' first-rounder must earn …
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Stan Van Gundy has been impressed with Stanley Johnson and was careful to list off the many reasons why, though the ... «MLive.com, Jul 15»
8
Congress beginning to look beyond Obama presidency, but has he …
It was at about 32.9 million tons in 2008, George W. Bush's last year in office, but rose by nearly two thirds to around 52.1 million tons in 2013, ... «STLtoday.com, Jul 15»
9
Nuke deal remains elusive after deadline, but talks continue
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with foreign ministers of Germany, France, China, Britain, Russia and the European Union at a hotel in ... «U.S. News & World Report, Jul 15»
10
Oil Price Tumble Not Over But Big Upside Lies Ahead
Energy stocks have a somewhat brighter future but will still need time to establish a bottom. So tighten your seatbelt. Weak oil should not be too ... «Barron's, Jul 15»

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