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Pronunciation: /dʒʌst/

Translation of just in Spanish:

adjective/adjetivo

  • 1.1 [law/decision/person] justo 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/adverbio

  • 1 1.1 (in recent past) I've just remembered that … me acabo de acordar de que … she's just left se acaba de ir, recién se fue (Latin America/América Latina) she'd only just finished acababa de terminar, recién había terminado (Latin America/América Latina) just married recién casados go and brush your teeth — I just have o (in American English also/en inglés norteamericano también) did ve a lavarte los dientes — me los acabo de lavar or (in Latin America also/en América Latina también) 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) 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
  • 2 2.1 (barely) justo 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) 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
  • 3 3.1 (only) solo 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/América Latina) there's just one left queda solo uno, queda uno nomás (Latin America/América Latina) 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) 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/en América Latina también) es el viento nomás that's just gossip no son más que chismes, son puros chismes [colloquial/familiar] they're just friends no son más que amigos, 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 son cosas que pasan just because he's famous doesn't mean he can be rude [colloquial/familiar] 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/familiar] por si las moscas
  • 4 4.1 (exactly, precisely) 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) 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
  • 5 5.1 (emphatic use) 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 déjelo aquí, déjelo aquí nomás (Latin America/América Latina) 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) just do as you're told! ¡haz lo que se te dice y sanseacabó! just go away, will you? mira, vete, hazme el favor just you dare! ¡tú atrévete!, ¡atrévete nomás! (Latin America/América Latina) 5.3 (in polite request) just wait here, please espere aquí, por favor
  • 6 6.1 (giving explanation) it's just that … lo que pasa es que … 6.2 (indicating possibility) it may just happen podría suceder you could just be in for a surprise podrías llevarte una sorpresa
  • 7just about I'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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