[dʒʌst] adv I
1) a moment ago a short time ago, or a short time before something that happened in the past
Mum's just gone down to the shops.[/ex]
Agassi had just arrived in Australia the day before.[/ex]
Just last week it was freezing, and now it's too hot.[/ex]
I've only just started, so I can't tell you anything yet.[/ex]
What were you saying to Lisa just now (= a moment ago)?[/ex]
2) at this time at the same time as something else
I can't come now. I'm just putting the children to bed.[/ex]
Just then a knock at the door interrupted our conversation.[/ex]
Mahmud was just about to leave when someone called his name.[/ex]
I was just going to ask you the same question.[/ex]
3) only not more, bigger, more important etc than what you are mentioning
The medicine costs just a few pence to produce.[/ex]
It was just a silly mistake.[/ex]
We just wanted to make sure everyone was safe.[/ex]
No, I don't want to buy anything. I'm just looking.[/ex]
It's not just me. Other people are complaining too.[/ex]
4) exactly exactly
He's just like his father.[/ex]
Thank you so much, it was just what I wanted.[/ex]
Cameron's plan failed, just as I expected it would.[/ex]
5) slightly slightly before, after, nearer, or further
I spoke with him just after he won the award.[/ex]
Her parents were seated just behind her.[/ex]
6) used for emphasis spoken
used for emphasizing what you are saying
It was just awful seeing her so miserable.[/ex]
Just be quiet, will you?[/ex]
7) when sth almost does not happen used for saying that although something happens, it almost does not happen
We should just get there in time if we hurry.[/ex]
8) used in requests spoken
used for making a request more polite
Could I just borrow your pen for a second?[/ex]
just about — very nearly[/ex]
I think we've just about finished.[/ex]
Another scandal would be just about the worst thing that could happen.[/ex]
just a minute/moment/secondspoken 1) used for asking someone to wait for a short time[/ex]
Just a moment. We're not ready for you yet.[/ex]

— 2) used when interrupting someone, especially when you disagree with what they are saying

Just a minute. You can't make accusations like that.[/ex]
just as...(as) — used for emphasizing that something is equally large, good, bad etc[/ex]
Less expensive machines are just as good or even better.[/ex]
Animals feel pain just as much as we do.[/ex]
just because...spoken used for saying that even if one thing is true, this is not a reason for thinking that something else is true[/ex]
Just because he's rich, it doesn't mean he's better than us.[/ex]
it/that is just as wellspoken used for saying that a situation is good, even though it is not what you planned[/ex]
We cancelled the trip, which was just as well, because it rained.[/ex]
formal just [dʒʌst]
fair and morally right
a just society[/ex]

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