English dictionary

just meaning and definition

JUST adjective

Definition of just (adjective)

  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"
    • antonym: unjust
  2. fair to all parties as dictated by reason and conscience
    • "equitable treatment of all citizens"; "an equitable distribution of gifts among the children"
    • synonyms: equitable
    • antonym: inequitable
  3. free from favoritism or self-interest or bias or deception; conforming with established standards or rules
    • "a fair referee"; "fair deal"; "on a fair footing"; "a fair fight"; "by fair means or foul"
    • synonyms: fair
    • antonym: unfair
  4. of moral excellence
    • "a genuinely good person"; "a just cause"; "an upright and respectable man"
    • synonyms: good, upright

JUST adverb

Definition of just (adverb)

  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"
    • synonyms: but, merely, only, simply
  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"
    • synonyms: exactly, precisely
  3. only a moment ago
    • "he has just arrived"; "the sun just now came out"
    • synonyms: just now
  4. absolutely
    • "I just can't take it anymore"; "he was just grand as Romeo"; "it's simply beautiful!"
    • synonyms: simply
  5. only a very short time before
    • "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
    • synonyms: barely, hardly, scarce, scarcely
  6. exactly at this moment or the moment described
    • "we've just finished painting the walls, so don't touch them";
Source: Princeton University Wordnet