immediately following in time, order, importance, etc.: the next day;the next person in line.
nearest or adjacent in place or position: the next room.
nearest in relationship or kinship.
in the place, time, importance, etc., nearest or immediately following: We're going to London next.This is my next oldest daughter.
on the first occasion to follow: when next we meet.
adjacent to; nearest: It's in the closet next the blackboard.
Idioms about next
get next to (someone), Informal. to get into the favor or good graces of; become a good friend of.
next door to,
in an adjacent house, apartment, office, etc.; neighboring.
in a position of proximity; near to: They are next door to poverty.
adjacent to: He sat next to his sister.
almost; nearly: next to impossible.
aside from: Next to cake, ice cream is my favorite dessert.
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How to use next in a sentence
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.Harry’s Daddy, and Diana’s ‘Murder’: Royal Rumors In a New Play | Tom Sykes | January 4, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 2(of 2) | Charles Dickens
The thought seemed to produce the dreaded object, for next moment a large hummock appeared right ahead.The Giant of the North | R.M. Ballantyne
Impressed by the lugubrious scene, Aguinaldo yielded, and the next day peace negotiations were opened.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
All through the sad duties of the next four days Felipe was conscious of the undercurrent of this premonition.Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
British Dictionary definitions for next
immediately following: the next patient to be examined; do it next week
immediately adjoining: the next room
closest to in degree: the tallest boy next to James; the next-best thing
the next but one the one after the next
at a time or on an occasion immediately to follow: the patient to be examined next; next, he started to unscrew the telephone receiver
adjacent to; at or on one side of: the house next to ours
following in degree: next to your mother, who do you love most?
almost: next to impossible
archaic next to
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Other Idioms and Phrases with next
In addition to the idioms beginning with next
- next door to
- next to
- cleanliness is next to godliness
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