Meaning of JUST in English



variant of joust

II. ˈjəst adjective

( often -er/-est )

Etymology: Middle English just, juste, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French juste, from Old French, from Latin justus, from jus right, law, justice, from Old Latin jous; akin to Old Irish huisse, uisse right, just, Sanskrit yos welfare, and perhaps to Latin jungere to bind, join; basic meaning: tie, obligation — more at yoke



(1) : having a basis in fact : reasonable , well-founded , justified

felt a just fear of the consequences of his actions

(2) : conforming to fact or reason : not false : right , true , accurate

had a very just notion of the boy's abilities

one element in a just discrimination — John Dewey

(3) archaic : agreeing closely or exactly with a pattern, model, or other original : faithful

b. obsolete : adapted to some end or purpose : appropriate , suitable


(1) obsolete : regular or exact in operation : constant , uniform

(2) obsolete : being exactly the specified measure, dimension, quantity, or other result of calculation : not approximate but exact

(3) : conforming to some standard of correctness : correct , proper , fitting

tended to distort some of the concerto's just proportions — Winthrop Sargeant

react in just measure against this naturalism — Irving Babbitt

combines wit and sentiment in just proportions — Douglas Watt

(4) obsolete : equal , even

(5) : giving or sounding musical tones at the mathematically exact intervals of their vibration ratios

just intonation

just scale

— compare tempered

d. archaic : lacking nothing needed for completeness : complete , full


a. : righteous before God


(1) : acting or being in conformity with what is morally right or good : righteous , equitable

a reward directed his way by a just providence — W.H.Whyte

a just war

that is justice, even if it is not just — Alan Paton

his decisions quick and instinctively just — Norman Mailer

(2) : merited , deserved

won him that just affection and popularity — F.J.Mather

received his just punishment

c. : conforming to or consonant with what is legal or lawful : legally right

a just title

just compensation

a just proceeding

Synonyms: see fair , upright

III. (|)jəs(t), (|)jis(t), (|)jes(t), in rapid speech sometimes (ˌ)dis(t) adverb

Etymology: Middle English, from just, adjective


a. : exactly , precisely

some indication of just how nervous she was — C.B.Flood

just the words we often have to look up in a dictionary — G.A.Miller

capturing … just the expression of terror which had baffled him — Laurence Binyon

must always have his meals served just so

has just the thing you need

that's just the point in dispute

you must take me just as I am

an apartment project … that cost just $20 million — Wall Street Journal


(1) : precisely at the time referred to or implied

was just ten when he came in

not here just now

(2) : but a very short time ago : very recently

has just been published

was just here

— often used in the phrase just now

saw him just now

c. Britain : on the point of being — often used with on

it was now just on eight o'clock — Paul Jennings

2. obsolete : in a precise or accurate manner : correctly , accurately


a. : by a very small margin : barely

had only just time to get back — F.W.Crafts

could just see the very high weathercock of the church — Arnold Bennett

just short of the record — Current Biography

it was just over fifty years ago — Alan Devoe

should be adjusted to just clear the dial — W.E.Shinn

has an entrance just within the … county line — American Guide Series: New York City

b. : in immediate proximity : immediately , directly

lies just west of here

just across from the campus

just down the hall — J.K.Blake


a. : only , merely , simply

just a note to let you know

turn it into just another automobile — R.C.Ruark

to them it's just a business — Irish Digest

asked for a copy and got it — just like that — M.S.Mayer

there was just lots of scenery — J.F.Dobie

seems incredibly large for just the aristocracy — H.P.Becker

I'm just your interpreter — Ernest Hemingway

I don't think about it; I just go — J.J.Godwin


(1) : quite , very , absolutely , really — used as an intensive

that's just ducky

just had a wonderful time

(2) chiefly dialect : indeed , truly

I tried a master; but he confused me, just — Willa Cather

couldn't he play the violin, just — Wesfarmers News

- just about

- just in case

IV. abbreviation


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