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next

adjective \ ˈnekst \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of next

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

Examples of next in a Sentence

  1. I'll see you next Monday.

  2. Next year's party will be even better.

  3. the very next thing that happened

  4. Can I help the next person in line? Who's next?

  5. We could hear people talking in the next room.

  6. At the next set of lights, turn left.

  7. I need the next size up.

  8. The next time we will see each other will be on our wedding day.

  9. Next time, please remember to bring your books to class.

  10. She knew the answer as well as the next person.

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Origin and Etymology of next

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


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next

preposition

Definition of next

: nearest or adjacent to

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First Known Use of next

before 12th century


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next

adverb

Definition of next

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

Examples of next in a Sentence

  1. Next, I need to ask you a few questions about your family.

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First Known Use of next

14th century


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next

noun

Definition of next

: one that is next
  • from one day to the next

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First Known Use of next

15th century


NEXT Defined for English Language Learners

next

adjective

Definition of next for English Language Learners

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

  • : any other


next

adverb

Definition of next for English Language Learners

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

  • : at the first time after this


NEXT Defined for Kids

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next

adjective \ ˈnekst \

Definition of next for Students

: 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

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next

adverb

Definition of next for Students

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.

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next

noun

Definition of next for Students

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


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