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just

adverb
 
/dʒʌst/
A2 a very short time ago: I just saw him. We’ve only just begun.
A2 now or very soon: The game is just beginning. I’m just coming!
B1 only: I’ll just have a small piece. He just wants to win. The movie is not just about love.
B1 used to make something you are saying strong: I just hate it!
B1 almost not: This dress only just fits.
B1 exactly: Tim looks just like his father.
just about B1 almost: I think I remembered just about everything.
be just about to do something B1 to be going to do something very soon: I was just about to call you.
just as bad, good, important, etc. (as someone/something) B1 equally bad, good, important, etc.: He’s just as smart as his brother. Your attitude is just as important as your skill.
just before, over, under, etc. B1 a little before, over, under, etc. something else: It costs just under $10.
it’s just as well used to say that it is lucky that something happened: It’s just as well that we brought an umbrella.
(Definition of just adverb from the Websters Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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