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English definition of “just”

just

adverb (ONLY)    /dʒʌst/
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.Merely and barelyAlmost B1 used to make a statement or order stronger : He just won't do as he's told. It's just too expensive .Very and extremeComplete and wholeIntensifying expressions 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 .Merely and barelyAlmost 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 (ONLY) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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