just definition, meaning - what is just in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “just”

See all translations

just

adverb uk   us   /dʒʌst/

just adverb (NOW)

A2 now, very soon, or very recently: "Where are you, Jim?" "I'm just coming." I'll just finish this, then we can go. He'd just got into the bath when the phone rang. The children arrived at school just as (= at the same moment as) the bell was ringing. The doctor will be with you in just a minute/moment/second (= very soon). It's just after/past (UK also gone) ten o'clock.just now A2 a very short time ago: Who was that at the door just now? at the present time: John's in the bath just now - can he call you back?
More examples

just adverb (EXACTLY)

B1 exactly or equally: This carpet would be just right for the dining room. The twins look just like each other. Things turned out just as I expected. You've got just as many toys as your brother. Thank you, it's just what I've always wanted. I can't help you just now/yet. Just then, the lights went out. I can just imagine Sophie as a police officer.informal approving That dress is just you (= suits you very well).
More examples

just adverb (ONLY)

B1 only; simply: "Would you like another drink?" "OK, just one more." It was just a joke. His daughter's just a baby/just a few weeks old. We'll just have to (= the only thing we can do is) wait and see what happens. She lives just down the road (= very near). Just because you're older than me doesn't mean you can tell me what to do.B1 used to make a statement or order stronger: He just won't do as he's told. It's just too expensive. used to reduce the force of a statement and to suggest that it is not very important: Can I just borrow the scissors for a second? I just wanted to ask you if you're free this afternoon.
More examples

just adverb (ALMOST)

B1 almost not or almost: We arrived at the airport just in time to catch the plane. This dress (only) just fits. "Can you see the stage?" "Yes, only just/just about." I've just about finished painting the living room.be just possible If something is just possible, there is a slight chance that it will happen: It's just possible that we might be going away that weekend.
More examples

just adverb (VERY)

B1 very; completely: It's just dreadful what happened to her.
More examples

just

adjective uk   us   /dʒʌst/
C2 fair; morally correct: The judge's sentence was perfectly just in the circumstances. I don't really think he had just cause to complain.
justly
adverb uk   us   /ˈdʒʌst.li/
He was justly condemned to a long prison sentence. Kenji Mizoguchi is justly recognized as one of Japanese cinema’s greatest figures.
justness
noun [U] uk   us   /ˈdʒʌst.nəs/

just

noun uk   us   /dʒʌst/
the just formal people who behave in a morally correct way
(Definition of just from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of just?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “just” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

decider

a final game or competition that allows one person or team to win, or the winning point scored

Word of the Day

She’s got very good posture. (How we stand and sit)

by Liz Walter,
May 27, 2015
Recently on this blog, we looked at the words that we use to describe the way we move. This week we’re looking at words for describing our bodies when they are still, whether we are standing or sitting. Since most of us do far too much of this, let’s start with sitting.

Read More 

ancestral health noun

May 25, 2015
diet based on the presumed diet of our Palaeolithic ancestors ‘Ancestral health,’ to use a term popular among Paleo followers, has gone mass.

Read More