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just  

[1]     (ADVERB USES)  
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1       adv   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.  
ADV before v  
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       adv   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.  
ADV before v, ADV about/going to-inf  
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       adv   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.  
ADV adv/prep, ADV as/when cl     (emphasis)    Randall would just now be getting the Sunday paper..., Just then the phone rang..., Just as she prepared to set off to the next village, two friends arrived in a taxi.     
4       adv   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.  
ADV group/cl     (emphasis)    (=simply)  
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...     
5       adv   You use just to emphasize that you are talking about a small part, not the whole of an amount.  
ADV n     (emphasis)    (=only, merely)  
That's just one example of the kind of experiments you can do...     
6       adv   You use just to emphasize how small an amount is or how short a length of time is.  
ADV amount     (emphasis)    (=only)  
Stephanie and David redecorated a room in just three days...     
7       adv   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.  
ADV before v   (=only)  
Leaving like I did just made it worse...     
8       adv   You use just to indicate that what you are saying is the case, but only by a very small degree or amount.  
ADV adj/adv/prep, ADV before v  
Her hand was just visible by the light from the sitting room..., I arrived just in time for my flight to London...     
9       adv   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.  
ADV with modal  
It's an old trick but it just might work...     
10       adv   You use just to emphasize the following word or phrase, in order to express feelings such as annoyance, admiration, or certainty.  
ADV before v, ADV adj/n     (emphasis)    She just won't relax..., I knew you'd be here. I just knew...     
11       adv   You use just in expressions such as just a minute and just a moment to ask someone to wait for a short time.  
SPOKEN   ADV n   (=hold on)  
`Let me in, Di.'<emdash>`Okay. Just a minute.'     
12       adv   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   ADV n  
Well, now just a second, I don't altogether agree with the premise.     
13       adv   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.  
  (BRIT)  
SPOKEN   with neg, cl ADV     (emphasis)    `That's crazy,' I said. `Isn't it just?' he said..., `The manager's going to have some tough decisions to make.'<emdash>`Won't he just.'     
14       adv   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.  
ADV before v   (=almost)  
I can just hear her telling her friends, `Well, I blame his mother!'     
15       adv   You use just to mean exactly, when you are specifying something precisely or asking for precise information.  
ADV cl/prep/adv  
There are no statistics about just how many people won't vote..., My arm hurts too, just here...     
16       adv   You use just to emphasize that a particular thing is exactly what is needed or fits a particular description exactly.  
ADV n     (emphasis)    Kiwi fruit are just the thing for a healthy snack..., `Let's get a coffee somewhere.'<emdash>`I know just the place.'     
17       adv   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.  
ADV like n, ADV as adj/adv, ADV n     (emphasis)    Behind the facade they are just like the rest of us..., He worked just as hard as anyone...     
18    You use just about to indicate that what you are talking about is so close to being the case that it can be regarded as being the case.  
just about      phrase   PHR n/adj/adv   (=practically)  
What does she read? Just about everything...     
19    You use just about to indicate that what you are talking about is in fact the case, but only by a very small degree or amount.  
just about      phrase   PHR before v, PHR n/adj  
We've got just about enough time to get there.     
20   
    just my luck  
    luck  
    not just  
    not  
    just now  
    now  
    only just  
    only  
    it just goes to show  
    show  
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
exp.
just joking
[familier]
exp.
means "that's just the way it is"
c'est comme ça, point barre
conj.
albeit although, even if, even though, notwithstanding that, tho' (U.S. or poetic) though
Charles's letter was indeed published, albeit in a somewhat abbreviated form.
exp.
En cualquier momento, tendré pruebas para conformarlo.

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