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[nekst] /nɛkst/
adjective
1.
immediately following in time, order, importance, etc.:
the next day; the next person in line.
2.
nearest or adjacent in place or position:
the next room.
3.
nearest in relationship or kinship.
adverb
4.
in the place, time, importance, etc., nearest or immediately following:
We're going to London next. This is my next oldest daughter.
5.
on the first occasion to follow:
when next we meet.
preposition
6.
adjacent to; nearest:
It's in the closet next the blackboard.
Idioms
7.
get next to (someone), Informal. to get into the favor or good graces of; become a good friend of.
8.
next door to,
  1. in an adjacent house, apartment, office, etc.; neighboring.
  2. in a position of proximity; near to:
    They are next door to poverty.
9.
next to,
  1. adjacent to:
    He sat next to his sister.
  2. almost; nearly:
    next to impossible.
  3. aside from:
    Next to cake, ice cream is my favorite dessert.
Origin of next
900
before 900; Middle English next(e), Old English nēxt, nēhst, niehst, superlative of nēah nigh (see -est1); cognate with Icelandic nǣstr, German nächst; cf. near
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  • And I can't have any one with troubles on this Cunarder—not for the next thirty days.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Aspasia was next called to answer the charges brought against her.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • As she spoke, Milza, who was occupied in the next apartment, sneezed aloud.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • I wouldn't be surprised if the next Consolidated dividend was reduced.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • It was still daylight, and the door of the next dwelling was open.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
British Dictionary definitions for next

next

/nɛkst/
adjective
1.
immediately following: the next patient to be examined, do it next week
2.
immediately adjoining: the next room
3.
closest to in degree: the tallest boy next to James, the next-best thing
4.
the next but one, the one after the next
adverb
5.
at a time or on an occasion immediately to follow: the patient to be examined next, next, he started to unscrew the telephone receiver
6.
next to
  1. adjacent to; at or on one side of: the house next to ours
  2. following in degree: next to your mother, who do you love most?
  3. almost: next to impossible
preposition
7.
(archaic) next to
Word Origin
Old English nēhst, superlative of nēahnigh; compare near, neighbour
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Word Origin and History for next
adj.

Old English niehsta, nyhsta (West Saxon), nesta (Anglian) "nearest, closest," superlative of neah (West Saxon), neh (Anglian) "nigh;" from Proto-Germanic *nekh- "near" + superlative suffix *-istaz. Cognate with Old Norse næstr, Dutch naast "next," Old High German nahisto "neighbor," German nächst "next." Adverbial and prepositional use from c.1200. Phrase the next person "a typical person" is from 1857.

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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