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English definition of “just”

just

adverb (EXACTLY)    /dʒʌst/
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).Accurate and exact 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 (EXACTLY) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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