—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. Theol.to declare innocent or guiltless; absolve; acquit.
4. Print. a. 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.
b. to level and square (a strike).
—v.i. 1. Law. a. to show a satisfactory reason or excuse for something done.
b. to qualify as bail or surety.
2. Print.(of a line of type) to fit exactly into a desired length.