The Dictionary Project

Word of the Day: Just

Jul 25, 2019 | The Dictionary Project: Word of the Day

just / jəst
1.      reasonable
Learn good-humor, never to oppose without just reason; abate some degree of pride and moroseness.
Isaac Watts, 1674-1748
2.      conforming to a standard of being correct
With fame in just proportion, envy grows.
Edward Young, 1683-1765
3.      righteous
Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.
Thomas Jefferson, 1743-1826
4.      deserved
There’s a fine line between deserving and just desserts.
Stanley Victor Paskavich, ?-
5.      lawful
Possession under a just title is sufficient if continued for a period of 10 years.
from the Southern Reporter, Volume 6, 1890
1.      exactly
There are three things that a man must know to survive in this world: what is too much for him, what is too little, and what’s just right.
African Proverb
2.      very recently
If I had the opportunity to speak to a young immigrant girl that just arrived to the U. S., the advice I would have for her would be: ask, speak, search; because there are opportunities out there.
Jenni Rivera, 1969-2012
3.      by a small margin
Lake Michigan and Lake Huron rose significantly in June, but still fell just shy of the record high June water level.
Mark Torregrossa, ?-,
4.      immediately
The droplet is always at its largest just before it drops.
Bulgarian Proverb
5.      only; simply
It is no good going to the river just wanting to catch a fish; you have to take a net as well.
Chinese Proverb
6.      very; also used as an intensifier
When you engage your brain, it just keeps getting fatter and richer and wonderful.
Rita Moreno, 1931-
7.      possibly; maybe
Work as if you own the company and soon you just might.
Michael Dolan, 1965-

Thank you for including the Dictionary Project in the good work you do in your club.  In my club, we have provided Dictionaries for third-grade students for enough years that now we are having former students help us to present dictionaries each year.  They are often returning to the same classrooms that they were third-grade students.  Teachers plead every year for us to NEVER quit this valuable project.  They tell us that students NEED paper books to learn to read, to learn to do research and to do independent study.  Please send me pictures of your presentations and tell me about your visits to the schools to give dictionaries to the students. To be included in our newsletter you can send me your stories at

By PDG Scott McLaughlin

District Governor 2019-2020
PDG Scott is currently serving as an Assistant Rotary Public Image Coordinator for Zone 29 (Region 36). Scott is a member of the Paul Harris Society and Major Donor.Scott is a Rotarian in the Kearney Dawn Rotary Club of Kearney, NE

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