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

However, the team dropped its next three games against Texas, TCU and Oklahoma. Matt Murschel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Steady Kansas State is No. 44 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 14 July 2018 The next four games aren’t much easier: Jaguars (home), Patriots (road), Bengals (home), Broncos (home). Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "There is a healthy dose of skepticism nationally about Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs," 12 July 2018 Tropeano had hoped his next game would come for the Angels, too, this weekend at Dodger Stadium. Jeff Miller, latimes.com, "Tyler Skaggs could return Thursday for the Angels, Nick Tropeano not quite yet," 11 July 2018 Nearly a week went by before Uruguay’s next game in the knockout round. Candace Rose Rardon, Longreads, "The Country Where Fútbol Comes First," 10 July 2018 The 21-year-old swingman cooled off in his next game, scoring five points on 2-for-4 shooting, making one of his three attempts from range against the Sacramento Kings on Saturday. Ej Smith, Philly.com, "Sixers' traded draft pick Mikal Bridges flashes potential in summer league with Phoenix Suns," 9 July 2018 The Heat, which is now 0-2 in Las Vegas after Sunday's 94-90 loss to the Hornets, is off Monday and plays its next game Tuesday in the Thomas and Mack Center at 4:30 p.m. against Utah (ESPNU). Manny Navarro, miamiherald, "'Airplane Mode' grounded. Plus, what Heat is looking for with two-way contract player," 8 July 2018 Parker’s next game at the AT&T Center will be wearing the teal-and-white of a different team, and not the silver-and-black No. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "Parker stunner: Iconic Spurs point guard headed to Charlotte," 6 July 2018 Rookie struggles Marvin Bagley III had a nice debut during Monday's win over the Los Angels Lakers but found life tougher in his next two games. Jason Jones, sacbee, "Why Bagley shouldn't worry you, and other takeaways from the Kings' California Classic," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

What’s next: Building a new studio outside Clarkesville. Linda Jerkins, ajc, "Artful touches for your home are Southern-made," 11 Jan. 2018 What’s next in #SpecialCounsel’s desperate quest to build case vs @realDonaldTrump water boarding? Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Paul Manafort’s solitary confinement includes a personal laptop, phone, shower, and workroom," 11 July 2018 And although a hard core would never forgive any softening of Brexit, many more will tune out next March, once Brexit is formally achieved and the blue passports have been issued. The Economist, "Britain is heading for a soft Brexit," 16 June 2018 Six of the first 14 episodes next season are written by women. Frank Rizzo, courant.com, "'Simpsons' Writer Mike Reiss Chronicles 'Greatest Job In The World' In New Book," 7 June 2018 Started with three wins in 2015 Finals; 24 wins next season 4. Ed Barkowitz, Philly.com, "Sixers' winning streak: stats, facts, trivia, Ben Simmons and Jimmie Foxx," 16 Apr. 2018 Rico would arrive with a significant level of culture and technical pedigree which would surely establish the Spaniard as first choice next term, should Bournemouth complete a deal with Leganes. SI.com, "Bournemouth Switch Attention to Leganes Full Back as Cherries Baulk at Kieran Tierney Asking Price," 13 July 2018 The line’s next new ship, Carnival Panorama, will sail directly from the shipyard in Italy to Long Beach, California, via the Pacific Ocean, apparently without paying passengers. David G. Molyneaux, miamiherald, "Carnival, that most American of cruise lines, won't return to Europe any time soon," 5 July 2018 What’s next Following the meeting, Pompeo will travel to Beijing, Tokyo, and Seoul to brief regional powers on the talks. Andy Sharp, Bloomberg.com, "Here’s What to Watch for When Trump and Kim Meet," 11 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The Bucks opted to prepare for that possibility and let the market decide what would happen next. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks rescind qualifying offer; Jabari Parker joins Chicago Bulls," 14 July 2018 Consular officials were next scheduled to meet with Nguyen on July 14, Vietnam time, according to Webb. Chris Fuchs /, NBC News, "U.S. citizen arrested during protest in Vietnam scheduled to stand trial," 13 July 2018 Under Nevada's new execution protocol, the inmate is next given fentanyl and then cisatracurium, one to slow his breathing, the other to stop it. Author: Ken Ritter, Michelle L. Price, Anchorage Daily News, "Execution blocked after company objects to use of its drug," 12 July 2018 And the obvious question looms — will Uber & Lyft purchase an electric scooter company next? Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Term Sheet -- Friday, July 6," 6 July 2018 Two additional antennas on the trailer went up next. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Amateur Radio Operators Practice For Emergencies," 3 July 2018 Center Dwight Howard is off to the Brooklyn Nets; rumors are strong that star point guard Kemba Walker could be next. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Position-less hoops could allow MSU's Miles Bridges to flourish in NBA," 11 July 2018 But if the subway seats are a hit, the Gold Line could be next, Spadafora said. Laura J. Nelson, latimes.com, "Goodbye, upholstery. Hello, vinyl: L.A. Metro is phasing out some of its infamous fabric seats," 10 July 2018 Houston is next at 2/1, followed by Memphis at 5/2. Iliana Limón Romero, OrlandoSentinel.com, "UCF football favored to repeat as American Athletic Conference champions," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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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More Definitions for next

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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