1 [juhst]
guided by truth, reason, justice, and fairness: We hope to be just in our understanding of such difficult situations.
done or made according to principle; equitable; proper: a just reply.
based on right; rightful; lawful: a just claim.
in keeping with truth or fact; true; correct: a just analysis.
given or awarded rightly; deserved, as a sentence, punishment, or reward: a just penalty.
in accordance with standards or requirements; proper or right: just proportions.
(especially in Biblical use) righteous.
actual, real, or genuine.
within a brief preceding time; but a moment before: The sun just came out.
exactly or precisely: This is just what I mean.
by a narrow margin; barely: The arrow just missed the mark.
only or merely: He was just a clerk until he became ambitious.
actually; really; positively: The weather is just glorious.
just so, neat and tidy; carefully arranged: My mother-in-law is very fussy; everything has to be placed just so.

1325–75; Middle English < Latin jūstus righteous, equivalent to jūs law, right + -tus adj. suffix

gist, jest, just.

1. upright; equitable, fair, impartial. 3. legitimate, legal. 4. accurate, exact; honest. 5. merited, appropriate, condign, suited, apt, due.

1. biased. 4. untrue. 5. unjustified.
Dictionary.com Unabridged


2 [juhst]
noun, verb (used without object)

juster, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source Link To just
World English Dictionary
1.  a.  fair or impartial in action or judgment
 b.  (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
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
 a.  at the point of starting (to do something)
 b.  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
 a.  a very short time ago
 b.  at this moment
 c.  informal (South African) in a little while
18.  just on having reached exactly: it's just on five o'clock
19.  just so
 a.  an expression of complete agreement or of unwillingness to dissent
 b.  arranged with precision
[C14: from Latin jūstus righteous, from jūs justice]
usage  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

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

1382, "righteous in the eyes of God, upright and impartial," from O.Fr. just, from L. justus "upright, equitable," from jus (gen. juris) "right," especially "legal right, law," from O.Latin ious, perhaps lit. "sacred formula," a word peculiar to Latin (not general Italic) that originated in the religious
cults, from PIE base *yewes- (cf. Avestan yaozda- "make ritually pure;" see jurist). The more mundane L. law-word lex covered specific laws as opposed to the body of laws

"merely, barely," 1665, from M.E. sense of "exactly, punctually" (c.1400), from just (adj.). Just-so story first attested 1902 in Kipling.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Idioms & Phrases


In addition to the idioms beginning with just, also see all (just) the same; get it (you just don't); take it (just so much). Also see under justice.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
Cite This Source
Example sentences
And all that heat is just no good for your hair.
But getting Bill to stand up and move just a little each day could help him ward off muscle decay.
The black bean soup was a hearty and tasty rendition of the basic dish, not too thick and with just the right kick.
He has no intention of finding a job; all along, he has studied just to study.
Copyright © 2015 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature