follow Dictionary.com

11 Trending Words of 2014

just1

[juhst] /dʒʌst/
adjective
1.
guided by truth, reason, justice, and fairness:
We hope to be just in our understanding of such difficult situations.
2.
done or made according to principle; equitable; proper:
a just reply.
3.
based on right; rightful; lawful:
a just claim.
4.
in keeping with truth or fact; true; correct:
a just analysis.
5.
given or awarded rightly; deserved, as a sentence, punishment, or reward:
a just penalty.
6.
in accordance with standards or requirements; proper or right:
just proportions.
7.
(especially in Biblical use) righteous.
8.
actual, real, or genuine.
adverb
9.
within a brief preceding time; but a moment before:
The sun just came out.
10.
exactly or precisely:
This is just what I mean.
11.
by a narrow margin; barely:
The arrow just missed the mark.
12.
only or merely:
He was just a clerk until he became ambitious.
13.
actually; really; positively:
The weather is just glorious.
Idioms
14.
just so, neat and tidy; carefully arranged:
My mother-in-law is very fussy; everything has to be placed just so.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English < Latin jūstus righteous, equivalent to jūs law, right + -tus adj. suffix
Can be confused
gist, jest, just.
Synonyms
1. upright; equitable, fair, impartial. 3. legitimate, legal. 4. accurate, exact; honest. 5. merited, appropriate, condign, suited, apt, due.
Antonyms
1. biased. 4. untrue. 5. unjustified.

just2

[juhst] /dʒʌst/
noun, verb (used without object)
1.
Related forms
juster, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for just
  • And all that heat is just no good for your hair.
  • He has no intention of finding a job; all along, he has studied just to study.
  • But from there I just got carried away with the flow.
  • But getting Bill to stand up and move just a little each day could help him ward off muscle decay.
  • That inspired me just to live every day as best I could.
  • We have just begun to see the effects of human-induced climate change.
  • The supposedly more reliable Iridian eye-scanners, meanwhile, correctly verified someone's identity just 94 percent of the time.
  • She's a fine girl, but I've given her just as much as she has me.
  • The black bean soup was a hearty and tasty rendition of the basic dish, not too thick and with just the right kick.
  • It just took this strange beginning to cause it to be what it is.
British Dictionary definitions for just

just

adjective (dʒʌst)
1.
  1. fair or impartial in action or judgment
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the): the just
2.
conforming to high moral standards; honest
3.
consistent with justice: a just action
4.
rightly applied or given; deserved: a just reward
5.
legally valid; lawful: a just inheritance
6.
well-founded; reasonable: just criticism
7.
correct, accurate, or true: a just account
adverb (dʒʌst; unstressed) (dʒəst)
8.
used with forms of have to indicate an action performed in the very recent past: I have just closed the door
9.
at this very instant: he's just coming in to land
10.
no more than; merely; only: just an ordinary car
11.
exactly; precisely: that's just what I mean
12.
by a small margin; barely: he just got there in time
13.
(intensifier): it's just wonderful to see you
14.
(informal) indeed; with a vengeance: isn't it just
15.
just about
  1. at the point of starting (to do something)
  2. very nearly; almost: I've just about had enough
16.
just a moment, just a second, just a minute, an expression requesting the hearer to wait or pause for a brief period of time
17.
just now
  1. a very short time ago
  2. at this moment
  3. (South African, informal) in a little while
18.
just on, having reached exactly: it's just on five o'clock
19.
just so
  1. an expression of complete agreement or of unwillingness to dissent
  2. arranged with precision
Derived Forms
justly, adverb
justness, noun
Usage note
The use of just with exactly (it's just exactly what they want) is redundant and should be avoided: it's exactly what they want
Word Origin
C14: from Latin jūstus righteous, from jūs justice
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for just
adj.

late 14c., "righteous in the eyes of God; upright, equitable, impartial; justifiable, reasonable," from Old French juste "just, righteous; sincere" (12c.), from Latin iustus "upright, equitable," from ius "right," especially "legal right, law," from Old Latin ious, perhaps literally "sacred formula," a word peculiar to Latin (not general Italic) that originated in the religious cults, from PIE root *yewes- "law" (cf. Avestan yaozda- "make ritually pure;" see jurist). The more mundane Latin law-word lex covered specific laws as opposed to the body of laws. The noun meaning "righteous person or persons" is from late 14c.

adv.

"merely, barely," 1660s, from Middle English sense of "exactly, precisely, punctually" (c.1400), from just (adj.), and paralleling the adverbial use of French juste. Just-so story first attested 1902 in Kipling, from the expression just so "exactly that, in that very way" (1751).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Idioms and Phrases with just
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for just

All English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for just

11
14
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with just