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just

adverb [not gradable]  /dʒʌst, dʒəst/ us  

just adverb [not gradable] (NOW)

now or (almost) at the same time, or very soon, or very recently: He just left – if you run, you can catch him. It was just past (= very soon after) midnight. We got the children off to school just as the bus was about to leave. We’re just about to begin (= We will begin very soon). The doctor will see you in just a minute/moment/second (= very soon).

just adverb [not gradable] (EXACTLY)

exactly: Beth looks just like her mother. [+ question word] It was just what I expected.

just adverb [not gradable] (ONLY)

only; simply: I’ll just check my e-mail, then we can go for coffee. I just called to wish you a happy birthday. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens. Just can be used to make a statement stronger: He just won’t listen to me.

just adverb [not gradable] (ALMOST)

almost not or almost: We arrived at the airport just in time to catch the plane. Matthew weighed just (= slightly) over seven pounds at birth. "Are you finished yet?" "Just about."

just adverb [not gradable] (VERY)

very; completely: You look just wonderful! It’s just amazing how powerful the new computers are.
(Definition of just adverb from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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