Meaning of “just-in-time” in the English Dictionary

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"just-in-time" in British English

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uk /ˌdʒʌst.ɪnˈtaɪm/ us /ˌdʒʌst.ɪnˈtaɪm/ also JIT

A just-in-time system of manufacturing (= producing goods) is based on preventing waste by producing only the amount of goods needed at a particular time, and not paying to produce and store more goods than are needed.

(Definition of “just-in-time” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"just in time" in Business English

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just in timeadjective [ only before noun ]


relating to a manufacturing system in which parts and materials are delivered when they are needed, rather than before. Just-in-time systems reduce the cost of storing parts and materials and reduce waste:

Selling direct to customers means the company can buy components on a just-in-time basis.
a just-in-time delivery/inventory system

(Definition of “just in time” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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