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just 1

1. Honorable and fair in one's dealings and actions: a just ruler. See Synonyms at fair1.
2. Consistent with what is morally right; righteous: a just cause.
3. Properly due or merited: just deserts.
4. Law Valid within the law; lawful: just claims.
5. Suitable or proper in nature; fitting: a just touch of solemnity.
6. Based on fact or sound reason; well-founded: a just appraisal.
adv. (jəst, jĭst; jŭst when stressed)
1. Precisely; exactly: just enough salt.
2. Only a moment ago: He just arrived.
3. By a narrow margin; barely: just missed being hit; just caught the bus before it pulled away.
4. At a little distance: just down the road.
5. Merely; only: just a scratch.
6. Simply; certainly: It's just beautiful!
7. Perhaps; possibly: I just may go.
just about
Almost; very nearly: This job is just about done.
just now
Only a moment ago.

[Middle English juste, from Old French, from Latin iūstus; see yewes- in Indo-European roots.]

just′ly adv.
just′ness n.

just 2

n. & v.
Variant of joust.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.just about - (of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correctjust about - (of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct; "lasted approximately an hour"; "in just about a minute"; "he's about 30 years old"; "I've had about all I can stand"; "we meet about once a month"; "some forty people came"; "weighs around a hundred pounds"; "roughly $3,000"; "holds 3 gallons, more or less"; "20 or so people were at the party"
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(dʒast) adverb
1. (often with as) exactly or precisely. This penknife is just what I needed; He was behaving just as if nothing had happened; The house was just as I'd remembered it.
2. (with as) quite. This dress is just as nice as that one.
3. very lately or recently. He has just gone out of the house.
4. on the point of; in the process of. She is just coming through the door.
5. at the particular moment. The telephone rang just as I was leaving.
6. (often with only) barely. We have only just enough milk to last till Friday; I just managed to escape; You came just in time.
7. only; merely. They waited for six hours just to get a glimpse of the Queen; `Where are you going?' `Just to the post office'; Could you wait just a minute?
8. used for emphasis, eg with commands. Just look at that mess!; That just isn't true!; I just don't know what to do.
9. absolutely. The weather is just marvellous.
just about
more or less. Is your watch just about right?
just now
1. at this particular moment. I can't do it just now.
2. a short while ago. She fell and banged her head just now, but she feels better again.
just then
1. at that particular moment. He was feeling rather hungry just then.
2. in the next minute. She opened the letter and read it. Just then the door bell rang.