\ ˈnekst How to pronounce next (audio) \

Definition of next

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : immediately adjacent (as in place, rank, or time)
2 : any other considered hypothetically knew it as well as the next man

Definition of next (Entry 2 of 4)

: nearest or adjacent to



Definition of next (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : in the time, place, or order nearest or immediately succeeding next we drove home the next closest school
2 : on the first occasion to come when next we meet



Definition of next (Entry 4 of 4)

: one that is next from one day to the next

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Synonyms & Antonyms for next

Synonyms: Adjective

coming, ensuing, following, succeeding

Antonyms: Adjective

antecedent, foregoing, precedent, preceding, previous, prior

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Examples of next in a Sentence


I'll see you next Monday. Next year's party will be even better. the very next thing that happened Can I help the next person in line? Who's next? We could hear people talking in the next room. At the next set of lights, turn left. I need the next size up. The next time we will see each other will be on our wedding day. Next time, please remember to bring your books to class. She knew the answer as well as the next person.


Next, I need to ask you a few questions about your family.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Anything that could explain why the Supreme Court would behave differently from one case to the next? Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, "An Immigration Attorney at the A.C.L.U. on Fighting Trump’s Asylum Ban," 17 Sep. 2019 The Knights play two of their next three games on the road, facing Pitt this upcoming Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and Cincinnati on Oct. 4 at 8 p.m. 1. Iliana Limón Romero,, "UCF football home game versus UConn to kick off in evening," 16 Sep. 2019 The next, the test subjects might be clad only in underwear in the cold. Rachel S. Gross, The Atlantic, "The Military Origins of Layering," 15 Sep. 2019 Montez remains maddeningly inconsistent — Tom Brady one series, Blake Bortles the next. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "Laviska Shenault made Air Force look silly, so what are the CU Buffs saving him for?," 14 Sep. 2019 Variations from one bottle to the next are viewed as flaws rather than desirable nuances, placing increased pressure on producers to somehow manage growing conditions to obtain an eau de vie with the right characteristics. Fortune, "How the $3.6 Billion Cognac Industry Is Trying to Outrun Climate Change," 14 Sep. 2019 Its next game is at 0-3 Hardin-Jefferson on Sept. 20. Elliott Lapin, Houston Chronicle, "Football: Hargrave Falcons continue dominance with week 3 rout of Worthing," 14 Sep. 2019 Visitors had to wait in a line, watch one video, then wait in another line to watch the next, thus giving them breathing room between each. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Björk made music’s first “VR pop album”—she opens up about its heartbreak," 13 Sep. 2019 Instead of focusing on making the world better in our lifetime, these grand challenges must be thought of as focused and sustained efforts, handed from one generation to the next, and thoughtfully amended along the way. Bran Ferren, Quartz, "Geodesign is going to change the design world as we know it," 13 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

The 2021-22 number, however, is one that will require vigilance, as the most likely next possible free-agency splash., "NBA cap projections hold steady for potential Heat 2021 offseason makeover," 17 Sep. 2019 The researchers next tried to identify why the viruses need the SETD3 protein. Simon Makin, Scientific American, "A Newly Identified Protein May Be the Key to Vanquishing the Common Cold," 17 Sep. 2019 Johnsen had proposed that the teams ready their reports in time for the regents’ next meeting, on Nov. 7. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "University of Alaska regents vote to move ahead with program reviews," 13 Sep. 2019 Jones was emotional in Smith’s news conference, attributing teary eyes partially to Smith’s recovery from a knee injury, as well as getting no sleep Monday night while in Chicago to negotiate toward the league’s next collective bargaining agreement. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "Cowboys owner Jerry Jones: I've 'earned the right' to joke with Ezekiel Elliott," 20 Aug. 2019 The new operator, Anaheim Arena Management, will take over operations of the arena next May if the City Council approves a new contract that will be negotiated in coming weeks. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego selects new operator for aging sports arena," 19 Aug. 2019 What’s next Defense attorneys are scheduled to begin calling witnesses next week, and both Almena and Harris will testify, according to their attorneys. Megan Cassidy,, "Ghost Ship trial: Big takeaways after prosecution rests its case," 5 June 2019 What’s next in Oregon: The Oregon Health Authority has been gathering medical information about the person who died, including the victim’s most recent chart notes as well as X-rays and medical history. oregonlive, "Vaping death and outbreak of severe lung disease linked to marijuana oil in e-cigarettes: What we know," 5 Sep. 2019 For the past five years, researchers and authorities on both sides of the border have been preparing a seismic and damage scenario for the San Diego-Tijuana region, the findings of which will be presented to the population next March. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Research evaluates what San Diego and Tijuana will do as a region in case of a strong earthquake," 30 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The highly unusual physical characteristics of the clown—the wig, the red nose, the makeup, the odd clothing—only magnify the uncertainty of what the clown might do next. Frank T. Mcandrew, Quartzy, "The psychology behind why we find clowns so creepy," 6 Sep. 2019 Tamron's fans have been waiting for her return to television, wondering what the beloved journalist would do next — a question that Tamron wanted to take charge of answering for herself. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Tamron Hall's Comeback Is Finally Here — And It Was Worth the Wait," 4 Sep. 2019 Though the launch and future discoveries are expected to be meaningful, Parrish, once again, is starting to think about what comes next. Leah Brennan,, "‘I just considered it a privilege’: Sykesville man works toward launch of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope," 25 July 2019 The bill next goes to Gov. Gavin Newsom, who was a leading proponent of Proposition 64, the 2016 initiative approved by voters that legalized the growing, sale and possession of marijuana for recreational use. Los Angeles Times, "A ban on marijuana use on party buses wins approval from California lawmakers," 12 Sep. 2019 What came next is widely known: In February 2015, the Trumps asked Parscale to craft a simple landing page for the presidential exploratory committee. Peter Elkind, ProPublica, "The Myths of the “Genius” Behind Trump’s Reelection Campaign," 11 Sep. 2019 NRG Energy owns the old power plant property and controls what happens there, though the company has promised to work with the city and its residents on what might go there next. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Man pushes preservation of 400-foot-tall coastal smokestack," 8 Sep. 2019 With the wisdom of your older work friends, you’ll be better prepared for whatever comes next. Matthew De Silva, Quartz at Work, "Why you should spend time with older colleagues outside of work," 29 Aug. 2019 What came next was preparation for being away from his parents as a professional, most of which overlapped with his father’s early treatments. Jon Meoli,, "Orioles prospect Adam Hall’s standout season comes as his father fights cancer: ‘I don’t know how he does what he does’," 26 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This is, maybe, how you get started toward becoming the next Will Beatty or Kendall Reyes, players who showed clear progress, year to year, and wound up in the NFL at a time when UConn was winning many of its games. Mike Anthony,, "Mike Anthony: UConn sophomore Travis Jones, who lost 22 pounds after a successful 2018 debut season, could become the force that the Huskies’ defensive line needs," 4 Sep. 2019 Admission is reduced from £18 to £10 during Tate Lates (the next of which falls on July 26th.) 'In Real Life' is on view at Tate Modern until January 5, 2020. Jaimie Potters, ELLE Decor, "Where Design Lovers Should Explore in London This Summer," 23 July 2019 After last week saw the departure of all-time villain Luke Parker, the finale teaser promised even more fireworks with Luke crashing the next rose ceremony following his dismissal. Ben Flanagan |,, "Hannah seals dramatic ‘Men Tell All’ with another ‘Roll Tide’," 23 July 2019 Fans enter games free of charge for every game, and at two games this season — the first was June 30, the next is July 31 — a ball is tossed to every kid who comes to the park. Matt Nevala, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska’s ballparks: At Chugiak’s Lee Jordan Field, you can sit in the bleachers or on the grass," 12 July 2019 Wine lovers, break out that bucket list — La Cité du Vin is your next must-see spot. Rachel Desantis,, "This Wine Theme Park and Museum Is a Vino Lover's Dream," 21 June 2019 The next is Cole Caufield, who broke the all-time goals record for the U.S. National Team Development Program that has produced countless NHL players in recent years. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Arizona Coyotes in 'more discussions' at NHL draft than previous years," 20 June 2019 Back on November 15, lawyers for both Mueller and Manafort asked for a short, 10-day extension in filing their next scheduled status update on his case. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "New developments about Mueller, Manafort, and Corsi.," 27 Nov. 2018 Every few minutes, the elevator doors opened, and one couple after the next filed out, ambling toward the check-in desk. Claire Gibson, Marie Claire, "My Long, Messy, Beautifully Complicated Path to Adopting My Son," 1 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of next


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for next


Middle English, from Old English nīehst, superlative of nēah nigh — more at nigh

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The first known use of next was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of next

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: coming after this one : coming after the one that just came, happened, etc.
: any other



English Language Learners Definition of next (Entry 2 of 2)

: in the time or place that follows or comes directly after someone or something : after this
: at the first time after this


\ ˈnekst How to pronounce next (audio) \

Kids Definition of next

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: coming just before or after Turn to the next page. But the next morning I put my foot down.— Judy Blume, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing



Kids Definition of next (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : in the nearest place, time, or order following Do that next.
2 : at the first time after this I'll tell you more when next we meet.



Kids Definition of next (Entry 3 of 3)

: a person or thing that immediately follows another person or thing It's one thing after the next.

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