- 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.
- 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.
- next to,
- adjacent to: He sat next to his sister.
- almost; nearly: next to impossible.
- aside from: Next to cake, ice cream is my favorite dessert.
Origin of next
Related Words for nextlater, afterward, adjacent, adjoining, after, alongside, beside, close, coming, consequent, ensuing, following, meeting, neighboring, proximate, subsequent, touching, abutting, attached, back-to-back
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Contemporary Examples of next
In fact, according to F-35 program sources, the next software upgrades are not yet fully defined nor are they fully funded.Pentagon Misfires in Stealth Jet Scandal
January 8, 2015
But we are afraid and we wonder to ourselves who will be next.Mexico’s Priests Are Marked for Murder
January 7, 2015
The next phase of the trial consists of vaccinating Ebola workers on the front lines.The Race for the Ebola Vaccine
January 7, 2015
He is expected to spend the next few days closeted with lawyers and advisers at his home, Royal Lodge, in Windsor Great Park.From Playboy Prince to Dirty Old Man?
January 5, 2015
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
January 4, 2015
Historical Examples of next
Aspasia was next called to answer the charges brought against her.
And I can't have any one with troubles on this Cunarder—not for the next thirty days.
As she spoke, Milza, who was occupied in the next apartment, sneezed aloud.
I wouldn't be surprised if the next Consolidated dividend was reduced.
It was still daylight, and the door of the next dwelling was open.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
- immediately followingthe next patient to be examined; do it next week
- immediately adjoiningthe next room
- closest to in degreethe 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 followthe patient to be examined next; next, he started to unscrew the telephone receiver
- next to
- adjacent to; at or on one side ofthe house next to ours
- following in degreenext to your mother, who do you love most?
- almostnext to impossible
- archaic next to
Word Origin for next
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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with next
- next door to
- next to
- cleanliness is next to godliness