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1. adverb [ADV before v] You use just to say that something happened a very short time ago, or is starting to happen at the present time. For example, if you say that someone has just arrived, you mean that they arrived a very short time ago. ⇒ I've just bought a new house. ⇒ The two had only just met. ⇒ I just had the most awful dream. ⇒ I'm only just beginning to take it in that he's still missing. 2. adverb [ADV before v, ADV about/going to-inf] If you say that you are just doing something, you mean that you are doing it now and will finish it very soon. If you say that you are just about to do something, or just going to do it, you mean that you will do it very soon. ⇒ I'm just making the sauce for the cauliflower. ⇒ I'm just going to walk down the lane now and post some letters. ⇒ The Vietnam War was just about to end. 3. adverb [ADV adv/prep] You can use just to emphasize that something is happening at exactly the moment of speaking or at exactly the moment that you are talking about. [emphasis] ⇒ Randall would just now be getting the Sunday paper. ⇒ Just then the phone rang. ⇒ I remember now. He arrived just at the moment it happened. ⇒ Just as she prepared to set off to the next village, two friends arrived in a taxi. 4. adverb You use just to indicate that something is no more important, interesting, or difficult, for example, than you say it is, especially when you want to correct a wrong idea that someone may get or has already got. [emphasis] ⇒ It's just a suggestion. ⇒ It's not just a financial matter. ⇒ You can tell just by looking at me that I am all right. ⇒ The reason women are drinking is just because they like it. 5. adverb [ADV n] You use just to emphasize that you are talking about a small part, not the whole of an amount. [emphasis] ⇒ That's just one example of the kind of experiments you can do. ⇒ These are just a few of the many options available. 6. adverb
You use just to emphasize how small an amount is or how short a length of time is. [emphasis] ⇒ Stephanie and David redecorated a room in just three days. ⇒ Remember he's just fourteen years old.
7. adverb [ADV before v] You can use just in front of a verb to indicate that the result of something is unfortunate or undesirable and is likely to make the situation worse rather than better. ⇒ Leaving like I did just made it worse. ⇒ They just hurt the people in their community, they didn't really solve any problem. 8. adverb You use just to indicate that what you are saying is the case, but only by a very small degree or amount. ⇒ Her hand was just visible by the light from the sitting room. ⇒ It was Colin's voice, only just audible. ⇒ I arrived just in time for my flight to London. ⇒ Jack took out his notes and talked for just under an hour. ⇒ He could just reach the man's head with his right hand. 9. adverb You use just with 'might,' 'may,' and 'could', when you mean that there is a small chance of something happening, even though it is not very likely. ⇒ It's an old trick but it just might work. ⇒ It may just be possible. 10. adverb [ADV before v] You use just to emphasize the following word or phrase, in order to express feelings such as annoyance, admiration, or certainty. [emphasis] ⇒ She just won't relax. ⇒ I knew you'd be here. I just knew. ⇒ Isn't it fantastic? Just look at that! ⇒ Just think, we should be home this time tomorrow. ⇒ I don't see the point in it really. It's just stupid. ⇒ Isn't he just the most beautiful thing you ever saw? 11. adverb [ADV before v] You use just with instructions, polite requests, or statements of intention, to make your request or statement seem less difficult. [spoken] ⇒ Could you just give us a description of your cat? ⇒ Can you just lift the table for a second? ⇒ I'm just going to ask you a bit more about your father's business. ⇒ Just add water, milk and butter. ⇒ I'd just like to mention that, personally, I don't think it's wise. ⇒ Just wait for me in the lounge. 12. adverb [ADV n] You use just in expressions such as just a minute and just a moment to ask someone to wait for a short time. [spoken] ⇒ 'Let me in, Di.'—'Okay. Just a minute.' 13. adverb [ADV n] You can use just in expressions such as just a minute and just a moment to interrupt someone, for example in order to disagree with them, explain something, or calm them down. [spoken] ⇒ Well, now just a second, I don't altogether agree with the premise. 14. adverb [with neg] You can use just with negative question tags, for example 'isn't he just?' and 'don't they just!', to say that you agree completely with what has been said. [British, spoken, emphasis] ⇒ 'That's crazy,' I said. 'Isn't it just?' he said. ⇒ 'The manager's going to have some tough decisions to make.'—'Won't he just.' 15. adverb [ADV before v] If you say that you can just see or hear something, you mean that it is easy for you to imagine seeing or hearing it. ⇒ I can just see the nasty suspicious looks I'd be getting from you if we started whispering together. ⇒ I can just hear her telling her friends, 'Well, I blame his mother!' 16. adverb You use just to mean exactly, when you are specifying something precisely or asking for precise information. ⇒ It is really not clear just why he became a Socialist. ⇒ There are no statistics about just how many people won't vote. ⇒ My arm hurts too, just here. ⇒ That's Warwick Road, just opposite Earls Court tube station. 17. adverb [ADV n] You use just to emphasize that a particular thing is exactly what is needed or fits a particular description exactly. [emphasis] ⇒ Kiwi fruit are just the thing for a healthy snack. ⇒ 'Let's get a coffee somewhere.'—'I know just the place.' ⇒ ...the bottle of whiskey that we had stashed behind the bookcase for just this eventuality. 18. adverb [ADV like n, ADV as adj/adv, ADV n]
You use just in expressions such as just like, just as...as, and just the same when you are emphasizing the similarity between two things or two people. [emphasis] ⇒ Behind the facade they are just like the rest of us. ⇒ He worked just as hard as anyone. ⇒ At 62 years old, her voice sounded just the same as it did when she was 21.
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