Meaning of JUST in English

JUST

adj. & adv.

--adj.

1. acting or done in accordance with what is morally right or fair.

2 (of treatment etc.) deserved (a just reward).

3 (of feelings, opinions, etc.) well-grounded (just resentment).

4 right in amount etc.; proper.

--adv.

1. exactly (just what I need).

2 exactly or nearly at this or that moment; a little time ago (I have just seen them).

3 colloq. simply, merely (we were just good friends; it just doesn't make sense).

4 barely; no more than (I just managed it; just a minute).

5 colloq. positively (it is just splendid).

6 quite (not just yet; it is just as well that I checked).

7 colloq. really, indeed (won't I just tell him!).

8 in questions, seeking precise information (just how did you manage?).

Phrases and idioms:

just about colloq. almost exactly; almost completely. just in case as a precaution. just now

1. at this moment.

2 a little time ago.

just so

1. exactly arranged (they like everything just so).

2 it is exactly as you say.

Derivatives:

justly adv. justness n.

Etymology: ME f. OF juste f. L justus f. jus right

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.