just1 W1S1 [dʒəst strong dʒʌst] adv
1.) exactly
A good strong cup of coffee is just what I need right now.
The house was large and roomy; just right for us.
She looks just like her mother.
Just what do you think you're trying to do?
just on BrE
It's just on three o'clock.
Just then (=exactly at that moment) Mrs Robovitch appeared at the bedroom door.
Just as (=at the exact moment when) I opened the door, the telephone started to ring.
A nice hot bath - just the thing (=exactly the right thing) to relax sore muscles.
2.) nothing more than the thing, amount, action etc that you are mentioning
= ↑only
It's nothing serious - just a small cut.
Don't be too hard on him - he's just a kid.
Can you wait just a few minutes?
It's not just me - there are other people involved as well.
3.) only a short time ago
John's just told me that he's getting married.
I've just been out shopping.
4.) at this moment or at that moment
Wait a minute, I'm just coming.
He was just leaving when the phone rang.
I'm just finishing my homework - it won't take long.
The concert was just about to start.
5.) used to emphasize what you are saying
It just isn't true.
I just love being in the mountains.
It was just wonderful to see Joyce again.
I just wish I could believe you.
6.) only by a small amount, time, distance etc
just before/after/over etc
We moved here just after our son was born.
I saw her just before she died.
It's just under three centimetres long.
7.) used to show that something which happens almost does not happen
= ↑barely, hardly ↑hardly
He just managed to get home before dark.
We could just see the coast of France in the distance.
Those pants only just fit you now.
She was earning just enough money to live on (=enough but not more than enough) .
8.) just about
The plums are just about ripe now.
Just about everybody will be affected by the tax increases.
9.) just as good/bad/big etc
equally as good, bad, big etc
Brad is just as good as the others.
I love this country just as much as you do.
10.) just have to do sth
used to say that someone has to do something because nothing else is possible
We'll just have to watch and see what happens.
You just have to accept things and get on with your life.
11.) not just any
used to emphasize that you are talking about a particular thing or person that is especially good or important
For the best results use olive oil. Not just any olive oil, mind - only the finest quality will do.
12.) would just as soon
if you would just as soon do something, you would prefer to do it
I'd just as soon stay at home - I don't really enjoy parties.
13.) may just/might just
might possibly
You could try Renee. She might just know where they live now.
It may just have been a coincidence.
14.) not just yet
not now, but probably soon
I can't leave just yet. I've still got a couple of letters to write.
15.) just because ... it doesn't mean
used to say that although one thing is true, another thing is not necessarily true
Just because you're older than me, it doesn't mean you can tell me what to do.
16.) spoken just a minute/second/moment
a) used to ask someone to wait for a short time while you do something
Just a minute, I'll see if I can find it for you.
b) used to interrupt someone in order to ask them something, disagree with them etc
Just a minute! How do I know you're not telling me a pack of lies?
17.) spoken
a) used when politely asking something or telling someone to do something
Could I just say a few words before we start?
Would you just explain to us how the system works.
b) used when firmly telling someone to do something
Look, just shut up for a minute!
Now, just listen to what I'm telling you.
18.) spoken it's just that
used when explaining the reason for something, especially when someone thinks there is a different reason
No, I do like Chinese food, it's just that I'm not hungry.
19.) spoken just now
a) a very short time ago
Where have my glasses gone? I had them just now.
b) especially BrE at this moment
We're busy just now - can you come back later?
20.) spoken just think/imagine/look
used to tell someone to imagine or look at the same thing that you are imagining or looking at
Just think - in a week we'll be lying on a beach in the sun!
21.) spoken it's/that's just as well
used to say that it is fortunate that something is true or happened because otherwise there would be problems
It's just as well we'd prepared everything beforehand.
22.) spoken isn't she just/aren't they just etc
old-fashioned used to strongly agree with something someone has said about a person or thing
'He's a selfish, rude, ignorant man!' 'Isn't he just!'
23.) spoken just so
a) with everything arranged neatly and tidily
Her house always has to be just so.
b) old-fashioned used to say yes or agree with something
'You should have beaten them, shouldn't you?' 'Just so.'
just the same atsame2 (3), just in case atcase1 (7), just my luck atluck1 (12), might just as well atmight1 (9)
just 2
just2 W3S3 [dʒʌst] adj
[Date: 1300-1400; : French; Origin: juste, from Latin justus, from jus 'right, law']
1.) morally right and fair
Henry sincerely believed that he was fighting a just war.
a just settlement
Charlemagne was respected as a just ruler.
2.) deserved by someone
a just reward for their loyal service
What would be a just punishment for such a crime?
I hope that he's caught and gets his just deserts (=is punished in the way he deserves) .
>justly adv
These men are criminals, but they must be dealt with justly.
an achievement of which we can be justly proud

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