Meaning of JUST in English


I. ˈjəst, ˈjüst

archaic variant of joust

II. ˈjəst adjective

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French juste, from Latin justus, from jus right, law; akin to Sanskrit yos welfare

Date: 14th century


a. : having a basis in or conforming to fact or reason : reasonable

a just but not a generous decision

b. archaic : faithful to an original

c. : conforming to a standard of correctness : proper

just proportions



(1) : acting or being in conformity with what is morally upright or good : righteous

a just war

(2) : being what is merited : deserved

a just punishment

b. : legally correct : lawful

just title to an estate

Synonyms: see fair , upright

• just·ly adverb

• just·ness ˈjəs(t)-nəs noun

III. ˈjəst, ˈjist, ˈjest also without t adverb

Date: 15th century


a. : exactly , precisely

just right

b. : very recently

the bell just rang


a. : by a very small margin : barely

just too late

b. : immediately , directly

just west of here


a. : only , simply

just last year

just be yourself

b. : quite , very

just wonderful

4. : perhaps , possibly

it just might work

- just about

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.