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English definition of “just”


adverb (NOW)    /dʒʌst/
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.NowIn the future and soonIn the past just now A2 a very short time ago: Who was that at the door just now?In the past at the present time : John's in the bath just now - can he call you back?Now Grammar:JustJust is a common adverb in English, especially in speaking. It has different meanings.Grammar:Just meaning ‘simply’ or ‘absolutely’We can use just meaning ‘simply’ or ‘absolutely’ to add emphasis to a statement:Grammar:Just meaning ‘exactly’Grammar:Just meaning ‘only’[in a clothes shop]Grammar:Just and expressions of timeJust can mean ‘recently’ or ‘a very short time before or after speaking’:Grammar:Just for emphasisWe also use just to emphasise an imperative:Grammar:Just to soften expressionsWe use just in speaking to soften what we say, especially in requests:
(Definition of just adverb (NOW) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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