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[ nekst ]


  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.


  1. in the place, time, importance, etc., nearest or immediately following:

    We're going to London next.

    This is my next oldest daughter.

  2. on the first occasion to follow:

    when next we meet.


  1. adjacent to; nearest:

    It's in the closet next the blackboard.


/ nɛkst /


  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 next-best thing

    the tallest boy next to James

  4. the next but one
    the one after the next


  1. at a time or on an occasion immediately to follow

    next, he started to unscrew the telephone receiver

    the patient to be examined next

  2. 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


  1. archaic.
    next to

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Word History and Origins

Origin of next1

First recorded before 900; Middle English next(e), Old English nēxt, nēhst, niehst “nighest,” superlative of nēah nigh ( -est 1 ); cognate with Icelandic nǣstr, German nächst; near

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Word History and Origins

Origin of next1

Old English nēhst, superlative of nēah nigh ; compare near , neighbour

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Idioms and Phrases

  1. get next to (someone), Informal. to get into the favor or good graces of; become a good friend of.
  2. 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.

  3. 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.

More idioms and phrases containing next

  • cleanliness is next to godliness

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Example Sentences

In fact, according to F-35 program sources, the next software upgrades are not yet fully defined nor are they fully funded.

But we are afraid and we wonder to ourselves who will be next.

The next phase of the trial consists of vaccinating Ebola workers on the front lines.

He is expected to spend the next few days closeted with lawyers and advisers at his home, Royal Lodge, in Windsor Great Park.

In the next breath, however, he is decrying the press misinterpretation of his Diana script.

In particular the Governor of Adinskoy offered us a guard of fifty men to the next station, if we apprehended any danger.

“This is a distressing predicament for these young people,” thought Mr. Pickwick, as he dressed himself next morning.

The thought seemed to produce the dreaded object, for next moment a large hummock appeared right ahead.

Impressed by the lugubrious scene, Aguinaldo yielded, and the next day peace negotiations were opened.

All through the sad duties of the next four days Felipe was conscious of the undercurrent of this premonition.


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Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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