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just
American English: /dʒəst/
British English: /dʒʌst/

Translation of just in Spanish:

adjective

  • 1.1
    (law/decision/person)
    we must be just to o toward them
    debemos ser justos con ellos
    our cause is just
    nuestra causa es justa
    Example sentences
    • It raises the question as to whether it is fair, just and reasonable to impose the duty contended for.
    • She is a fair and just ruler, and she causes unending problems for me and my brothers.
    • How then will the court decide what is a fair and just settlement for Richard and Hyacinth?
    1.2 (true, accurate)
    (account/representation)
    que se ajusta a la realidad
    Example sentences
    • There must surely be a broad public interest in just complaints of this kind being sustained.
    • It is not a just criticism of such assessment that it does not provide answers to all questions, just as it is not a just criticism of standardized assessment that it does not inform instruction.
    • The series is most criticized for feeling dry and intellectual, or at least emotionally uninvolving -- a just criticism.

adverb

  • 1 1.1 (in recent past) See examples: I've just remembered that …
    me acabo de acordar de que …
    she's just left
    se acaba de ir
    recién se fue (Latin America)
    she'd only just finished
    acababa de terminar
    recién había terminado (Latin America)
    just married
    recién casados
    go and brush your teeth — I just have o (in American English also) did
    ve a lavarte los dientes — me los acabo de lavar or (in Latin America also) recién me los lavé
    just recently I've begun to notice that …
    últimamente he empezado a darme cuenta de que …
    1.2 (now, at the moment) See examples: she's just on her way
    está en camino
    ya va para allí ( or viene para aquí etc)
    I was just about to leave when he called
    estaba a punto de salir cuando llamó
    I was just about to say that
    eso es justo lo que yo iba a decir
    Example sentences
    • He was not pompous at all and did not look worried as if he had just come straight from court.
    • The view is sublime: we are looking straight back down the loch whence we have just come.
    • The second and third points are not, in my view persuasive for the reasons which I have just given.
  • 2 2.1 (barely) I arrived just in time
    llegué justo a tiempo
    it's only just over the recommended minimum
    está apenas por encima del mínimo recomendado
    I just missed him
    no lo vi por poco or por apenas unos minutos
    2.2 (a little) See examples: just above the knee
    justo or apenas encima de la rodilla
    I waited just outside the shop
    esperé en la puerta de la tienda
    I had a call from him just before I left
    justo antes de salir recibí una llamada suya
    Example sentences
    • The base of the trunk is pushed just four feet into the ground and secured with a dozen or more wooden wedges.
    • Billy Mehmet was allowed to work his way into the box, only to drag his shot just wide of the upright.
    • Pandiani almost hits straight back for Deportivo, but the ball just skips away from him.
  • 3 3.1 (only) I'll be with you in just a moment
    enseguida or en un segundo estoy con usted
    she just does it to annoy me
    lo hace solo para fastidiarme
    lo hace por fastidiarme nomás (Latin America)
    there's just one left
    queda solo uno
    queda uno nomás (Latin America)
    just a moment, you're confusing two issues there
    un momento: estás confundiendo dos problemas distintos
    just an hour of your time would be enough
    con solo una hora de tu tiempo alcanzaría
    I went there just once
    fui solo una vez
    she was just three when her father died
    tenía apenas or solo tres años cuando murió su padre
    would you like some more? — just a little, please
    ¿quieres más? — bueno, un poquito
    just occasionally you can find a really good bargain
    muy de vez en cuando se encuentra una verdadera ganga
    3.2 (simply) See examples: I just stopped by to say hello
    pasé para saludarte
    don't be scared: it's just the wind
    no te asustes: no es más que el viento or (in Latin America also) es el viento nomás
    that's just gossip
    no son más que chismes
    son puros chismes [colloquial]
    they're just friends
    solo son amigos
    I just need someone to talk to
    necesito hablar con alguien
    if you'd just wait a moment
    si me hace el favor de esperar un momento
    don't worry about her, she's just jealous
    no te preocupes por ella, lo que pasa es que está celosa
    it's just one of those things just because he's famous doesn't mean he can be rude [colloquial]
    el hecho de que sea famoso no le da derecho a ser grosero
    just follow the instructions on the packet
    simplemente siga las instrucciones impresas en el paquete
    I'll just have to pack up and go
    no me queda otro remedio que hacer la maleta e irme
    I'm just lucky, I guess
    es simplemente cuestión de suerte, yo creo
    he'll just make things worse
    lo único que hará será empeorar las cosas
    I'll take a spare, just in case
    llevaré uno de repuesto, por si acaso or [colloquial] por si las moscas
    Example sentences
    • Nobody really wants to debate any longer, they are just interested in scoring points.
    • If she starts behaving badly I just walk away and let things calm down until her tantrum has gone away.
    • It would be a bit naïve of me to think I will just walk straight into the first team here.
  • 4 4.1 (exactly, precisely) See examples: it's just what I wanted
    es justo or precisamente or exactamente lo que quería
    the temperature was just right
    la temperatura era la perfecta
    she looks just like her mother at that age
    es exactamente igual a su madre cuando tenía su edad
    isn't that just typical of him?
    ¿no es típico de él?
    we made it to school just as the bell rang
    llegamos al colegio justo cuando sonaba la campana or en el preciso momento en que sonaba la campana
    I can't worry about that just now
    en este momento no puedo estar preocupándome por eso
    just my luck!
    ¡me tenía que pasar a mí!
    4.2 (equally) See examples: the desserts were just as good as the rest of the meal
    los postres estuvieron tan buenos como el resto de la comida
    it's just as well you're leaving
    menos mal que te vas
    she's just as pleased as can be about the result
    está de lo más contenta con el resultado
    Example sentences
    • I am a resident of Mealbank and at the end of our road the road surface is just disintegrating.
    • Just ask the millions of people who use and love a Mac why it's become such an integral part of their lives, and most will tell you the same thing: It just works.
    • Everyone back at base has been working really hard and it is just disappointing not to finish.
    Example sentences
    • They got their way with dear old Bobby in the end, and they will with Eriksson, but not just yet.
    • That she didn't have to worry about getting married and having babies, not just yet.
    • Maybe not just yet, but it might be the only way for some, that things can really get better.
  • 5 5.1 (emphatic use) See examples: I just can't understand it
    simplemente no lo entiendo
    I just adore champagne
    a mí me encanta el champán
    I'm feeling just fine now
    ahora me siento muy bien
    just leave it here regret it? don't I just!
    ¿que si me arrepiento? ¡si me arrepentiré … !
    just think! we could get rich
    ¡tú imagínate! podríamos hacernos ricos
    just you wait, you little rascal!
    ¡ya vas a ver, bandido!
    I can just imagine it
    me lo imagino perfectamente
    they were just plain scared
    estaban francamente aterrados
    there are just no jobs
    simplemente no hay trabajo
    there's just nothing in the shops
    no hay nada, pero nada, en las tiendas
    5.2 (in commands, threats) See examples: just do as you're told!
    ¡haz lo que se te dice y sanseacabó!
    just go away, will you? just you dare!
    ¡tú atrévete!
    ¡atrévete nomás! (Latin America)
    5.3 (in polite request) See examples: just wait here, please
    espere aquí, por favor
    Example sentences
    • "Please just wait for me… I have to tell you something!
    • "As to whether there will be military exercises, please just wait and see.
    • When she was gone, Ari said, " Let's just head upstairs.
  • 6 6.1 (giving explanation) See examples: it's just that …
    lo que pasa es que …
    6.2 (indicating possibility) See examples: it may just happen
    podría suceder
    you could just be in for a surprise
    podrías llevarte una sorpresa
    Example sentences
    • If you haven't already got a ticket then get one because you may just get the chance to see a bit of history in the making.
    • The true pro might just set his stall out to repeat as best he can his peak form.
    • De Villiers said at the time he felt he was up to it, and it looks like he may just get that chance.
  • 7just aboutI've just about finished now
    casi he terminado
    prácticamente he terminado
    I think we can just about manage it
    creo que puede ser que lo logremos
    did you get enough to eat? — just about
    ¿te dieron bastante de comer? — más o menos
    I'm just about sick of you!
    ¡ya estoy harto de ti!

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