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Dictionary Definition

just adj
1 used especially of what is legally or ethically right or proper or fitting; "a just and lasting peace"- A.Lincoln; "a kind and just man"; "a just reward"; "his just inheritance" [ant: unjust]
2 implying justice dictated by reason, conscience, and a natural sense of what is fair to all; "equitable treatment of all citizens"; "an equitable distribution of gifts among the children" [syn: equitable] [ant: inequitable]
3 free from favoritism or self-interest or bias or deception; or conforming with established standards or rules; "a fair referee"; "fair deal"; "on a fair footing"; "a fair fight"; "by fair means or foul" [syn: fair] [ant: unfair]
4 of moral excellence; "a genuinely good person"; "a just cause"; "an upright and respectable man"; "the life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous"- Frederick Douglass [syn: good, upright, virtuous] adv
1 and nothing more; "I was merely asking"; "it is simply a matter of time"; "just a scratch"; "he was only a child"; "hopes that last but a moment" [syn: merely, simply, only, but]
2 indicating exactness or preciseness; "he was doing precisely (or exactly) what she had told him to do"; "it was just as he said--the jewel was gone"; "it has just enough salt" [syn: precisely, exactly]
3 only a moment ago; "he has just arrived"; "the sun just now came out" [syn: just now]
4 absolutely; "I just can't take it anymore"; "he was just grand as Romeo"; "it's simply beautiful!" [syn: simply]
5 by a small margin; "they could barely hear the speaker"; "we hardly knew them"; "just missed being hit"; "had scarcely rung the bell when the door flew open"; "would have scarce arrived before she would have found some excuse to leave"- W.B.Yeats [syn: barely, hardly, scarcely, scarce]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • /dʒʌst/, /dZVst/
  • Rhymes with: -ʌst

Adjective

  1. Fair; even; equitable.
    It looks like a just solution at first glance.

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Adverb

just
  1. Only, simply, merely
    Just follow the directions on the box.
    Plant just a few tomatoes, unless you can, freeze, or dry them.
  2. Moments ago, recently
    They just left, but you may leave a message at the desk.
  3. By a narrow margin; closely; nearly
    It just missed my head!
  4. exactly, perfectly
    He wants everything just right for the big day.

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Translations

only, simply, merely
  • Dutch: slechts, gewoon
  • Finnish: vain
  • French: juste, simplement
  • German: einfach
  • Greek: μόνο, απλώς
  • Japanese: (ただ, tada)
  • Latvian: tikai
  • Portuguese: só, somente, simplesmente
  • Romanian: doar
  • Scots: juist
  • Serbian: samo
  • Slovene: samo, le, zgolj
  • Swedish: bara
recently
nearly
perfectly

Adjective

just

German

Adjective

just archaic

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Latvian

Verb

just
  1. To feel

Swedish

Pronunciation

Adverb

just
  1. just; quite recently; only moments ago
  2. just; only, simply
  3. exactly, precisely
    Just nu = Right now (At this precise moment)
    Det var just vad jag ville ha! = That's exactly what I wanted!

Extensive Definition

Just may refer to:
just in Catalan: Just (desambiguació)
just in German: Just
just in Italian: Just
just in Japanese: ジャスト
just in Simple English: Just

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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