Meaning of justify

jus•ti•fy

Pronunciation: ( jus'tu-fī"), [key]
— v., -fied, -fy•ing.
—v.t.
  1. to show (an act, claim, statement, etc.) to be just or right: The end does not always justify the means.
  2. to defend or uphold as warranted or well-grounded: Don't try to justify his rudeness.
  3. to declare innocent or guiltless; absolve; acquit.
    1. to make (a line of type) a desired length by spacing the words and letters, esp. so that full lines in a column have even margins both on the left and on the right.
    2. to level and square (a strike).
—v.i.
    1. to show a satisfactory reason or excuse for something done.
    2. to qualify as bail or surety.
  1. (of a line of type) to fit exactly into a desired length.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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