Meaning of “just” - Learner’s Dictionary


adverb us uk strong /dʒʌst/ weak /dʒəst/

B1 only:

I'll just have a small piece.
He just wants to win.
The film is not just about love.

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A2 a very short time ago:

I've just been on a trip to France.
We've only just begun.

B1 used to emphasize something you say:

I just can't bear it!

B1 almost not:

This dress only just fits.

B1 exactly:

Tim looks just like his father.
This carpet would be just right for my bedroom.

A2 now or very soon:

The film is just beginning.
I'm just coming!
just before/over/under, etc

B1 a little before/over/under, etc something else:

It costs just over $10.
She left just before Michael.
just about

B1 almost:

I think I've remembered just about everything.
be just about to do sth

B1 to be going to do something very soon:

I was just about to phone you.
just as bad/good/tall, etc (as sb/sth)

B1 equally bad/good/tall, etc:

He's just as talented as his brother.
I/you/we, etc will just have to do sth

used to say that there is nothing else someone can do:

You'll just have to wait.
just as

B2 at the same time as:

She woke up just as we got there.
it's just as well

used to say that it is lucky that something happened:

It's just as well we brought an umbrella.
→ See also just the job

(Definition of “just adverb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)