next

adjective
\ ˈnekst \

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

next

adverb

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

next

noun

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

Adjective

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.

Adverb

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

When that went off without a hitch, the team felt confident enough to proceed in its next goal. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Made of Giant Concrete Blocks, the World's Longest 3D-Printed Bridge Was Built in 18 Days," 28 Jan. 2019 For those who love Selman for his bold ready-to-wear can also bring that look straight into the gym or their next pilates class. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Adam Selman Sport Will Make You Excited to Hit the Gym," 28 Jan. 2019 To watch what's next for the couple, tune into Blue Bloods on Friday, February 1, at 10 p.m. EST on CBS. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'Blue Bloods' Just Leaked the First Photos of Eddie's Wedding Dress," 25 Jan. 2019 Ever since Christina Anstead landed her own show and got remarried, fans have been buzzing about what's next for her Flip or Flop co-star and ex-husband, Tarek El Moussa. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Tarek El Moussa Has A New Show And Web Series Coming To HGTV," 24 Jan. 2019 The next station uses a huge rotating magnet to pull out any ferrous metals, which range from tin cans (which have very little tin) to car parts. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Bikes, bowling balls, and the delicate balancing act that is modern recycling," 31 Dec. 2018 The next neighborhood over is Galata, a Genoese colony back in the Byzantine and Ottoman eras. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Days In Istanbul," 28 Dec. 2018 The big question Democrats face next time is less how to pay for their health care plans than whether to pay for them. Ezra Klein, Vox, "The 3 decisions that will shape Medicare-for-all," 17 Dec. 2018 Green instantly recalled the coach of the other team from an inconsequential Summer League game because of what happened next in 2010 and 2011. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "The Raptors Traded for One Most Valuable Player and Got Two," 2 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

Meg and Harry will make their first appearance of the new year next Monday, January 14. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "The Queen Will Reportedly Give Meghan Markle a New Royal Role," 7 Jan. 2019 This one found that a man's chest was flagged, but a man's chest next a 50% scale owl went unnoticed. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How Kevin Hart tweeted himself out of a job hosting the Oscars," 8 Dec. 2018 The agreement sets up a 21-month standstill transition period after Britain leaves the bloc next March, during which the U.K. and the EU hope to negotiate a future trade and security agreement. Max Colchester, WSJ, "What the EU and U.K. Agreed to on Brexit," 25 Nov. 2018 The yield’s next major milestone would be reaching its 2018 closing high of 3.109%, set on May 17. Sam Goldfarb, WSJ, "Treasurys Sell Off as Investors Assess Tariffs," 18 Sep. 2018 McCain will be buried on a grassy hill at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, right next longtime friend Chuck Larson, himself an admiral and ally throughout McCain’s remarkable life. Fox News, "John McCain’s former Vietnamese jailor says he always respected the late senator," 27 Aug. 2018 The development means Berlusconi could seek a political rebound by pursuing a fourth term as premier when the nation next returns to the ballot box, which could happen in a matter of months. Washington Post, "Court rules Italy’s Berlusconi can run for office again," 12 May 2018 The bye week following next Sunday’s game against the Raiders in London appears to be arriving at a good time for him. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "In Doug Baldwin’s absence, Seahawks’ ‘savages’ step up at receiver in offensive surge vs. Rams," 8 Oct. 2018 The Holiday Club is hosting a fundraiser to help reunite immigrant families next Wednesday, just two weeks after the bar faced backlash when one of its co-owners made a controversial post on Facebook. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, "Following calls for boycott, Holiday Club to host fundraiser benefiting immigration group," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

An appeal to the full court of appeals or the Supreme Court could be next. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "The mysterious grand jury appeal that may be tied to the Mueller investigation, explained," 19 Dec. 2018 Surely, next on the list would be the actual nuptials? Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Spend Thanksgiving in India Just a Week Before Their Rumored Wedding Date," 22 Nov. 2018 Croatia will next play England in the semifinals on Wednesday in Moscow. Washington Post, "Croatia ends Russia’s run, advances to World Cup semifinals," 7 July 2018 White wine is for the first course on the outside, the red wine is next for your entrée. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Set a Table for Any Kind of Dinner Party," 19 Dec. 2018 The devastating twist that Chicago Fire fans were promised came next, when Casey got up from bed and found Naomi's entire apartment on fire. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'Chicago Fire' Recap: Everything You Missed During the Devastating Fall Finale," 6 Dec. 2018 Trump followed Lighthizer’s lead, imposing duties on $34 billion worth of imports from China, with another $16 billion coming next and the possibility of $200 billion more after that. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Mnuchin is in denial about the pain Trump's tariffs are inducing," 13 July 2018 Chicago next, then a tournament in Shanghai, a home tournament in Basel. Sarah Khan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Roger Federer Shares His Tips From Two Decades of Travel," 10 Sep. 2018 What comes next for the Longshot remains to be seen. Zack Ruskin, SFChronicle.com, "Billie Joe Armstrong performs as the Longshot, celebrates punk roots at sold-out homecoming show," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Working from one election cycle to the next should not mean working from paycheck to paycheck. Alex Daugherty, miamiherald, "He calls himself pro-labor. But he laid off campaign workers trying to unionize," 8 June 2018 The SunTrust deal next goes to the full city council for approval. Kelly Yamanouchi, ajc, "Hartsfield-Jackson bank deal with SunTrust advances," 30 May 2018 The data is helpful, but demographers note the estimates cannot replace the nationwide census, the last of which occurred in 2010 and the next of which will take place in 2020. Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com, "St. Tammany Parish just keeps growing. See the data.," 2 Apr. 2018 The data is helpful, but demographers note the estimates cannot replace the nationwide census, the last of which occurred in 2010 and the next of which will take place in 2020. Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com, "St. Tammany Parish just keeps growing. See the data.," 2 Apr. 2018 The data is helpful, but demographers note the estimates cannot replace the nationwide census, the last of which occurred in 2010 and the next of which will take place in 2020. Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com, "St. Tammany Parish just keeps growing. See the data.," 2 Apr. 2018 The data is helpful, but demographers note the estimates cannot replace the nationwide census, the last of which occurred in 2010 and the next of which will take place in 2020. Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com, "St. Tammany Parish just keeps growing. See the data.," 2 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of next

Adjective

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

Preposition

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for next

Adjective

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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next

adjective

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

next

adverb

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

next

adjective
\ ˈnekst \

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

next

adverb

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.

next

noun

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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