\ 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

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 Instructions Soak the chia seeds in 1 cup of water for 24 hours, then mix with the next 7 ingredients to make a simple and delicious vinaigrette. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 8 June 2021 Page would be rewarded with a run of her own in the next at-bat, as junior catcher Lilly Davis drove her in for a 3-1 Bulldogs lead. Jonathan Saxon, The Courier-Journal, 8 June 2021 His next court appearance in the drug case is a motion hearing scheduled for July 16. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 June 2021 The others include her next opponent, Barbora Krejcikova, along with Maria Sakkari, Elena Rybakina, Paula Badosa and Tamara Zidansek. Samuel Petrequin And Andrew Dampf,, 7 June 2021 With this next version of the desktop OS due this fall, Apple is aiming for device synergy. Gear Team, Wired, 7 June 2021 Author, former nonprofit executive and combat veteran Wes Moore on Monday afternoon officially joined the field of Democratic candidates vying to become the next governor of Maryland in 2022. Bryn Stole,, 7 June 2021 The next serve went into the net, giving Fenwick a straight win 25-22, 25-18, 25-16 and a celebration a referee's whistle didn't end. Alex Harrison, The Enquirer, 7 June 2021 Researchers in Burkina Faso and three other countries are now recruiting 4,800 participants for the next trial. Washington Post, 7 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition In that case, Corto and his staff only need to change two tires next season. Matt Goul, cleveland, 6 June 2021 Up next this Memorial Day weekend, the story of one family that paid the ultimate sacrifice twice and our exclusive interview with CIA Director Bill Burns. ABC News, 30 May 2021 The request to the Joint Legislative Audit Committee will be considered when the panel next convenes, likely in June or July. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 May 2021 Here are best practices and next best steps for fast-followers uncovered from our latest research. Bret Greenstein, Forbes, 4 May 2021 Barring trades, the Dolphins next pick twice in the seventh round — the third and 17th selections in the draft’s final round, No. 231 and 244 overall. David Furones,, 1 May 2021 The man, whom authorities did not identify pending next-of-kin notification, was pronounced dead on scene. Kelli Smith, Dallas News, 22 Apr. 2021 If the talent celebrated Sunday suggests that Hollywood is thinking more widely about whose musical stories to tell, maybe next the movies can broaden how exactly they’re told. Los Angeles Times, 22 Apr. 2021 The men next play Ole Miss on Friday and Mississippi State on Sunday. Giana Han, al, 29 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb They were left wondering what to do next: Get a second dose or switch to a different vaccine? Gretchen Vogel, Science | AAAS, 9 June 2021 But yet, people still don't know how to report the scam or what to do next. Binghui Huang, The Indianapolis Star, 8 June 2021 Like us, you're bound to be caught by Monica West's insightful, caring prose, eager to see what her heroine does next. Ashley Leath, Country Living, 1 June 2021 The Minneapolis City Council will continue to be visibly divided over what to say or do next. Lee Hayes, Star Tribune, 27 May 2021 The truth is that nobody knows what Loki will do next. Ineye Komonibo,, 21 May 2021 Depending on the findings, the FDA will then decide what to do next. Kate Santich,, 20 May 2021 Thus, not only is the detection of other cars crucial, so too is predicting what those cars are going to do next. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 19 May 2021 Knowing this context will help you two figure out what to do next. Brian Platzer, The Atlantic, 18 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For so many others, there is no longer a something-to-do-next. Ai Weiwei, The Atlantic, 2 June 2020 The liminal spaces that represent transitions between one point in time and the next are needed even more today, during turmoil and stay-at-home orders caused by the coronavirus, say proponents. oregonlive, 28 Apr. 2020 On Thursday, one plane after the next was landing at an American Airlines facility in Tulsa. David Gelles, New York Times, 25 Mar. 2020 In all, Guo received $32,000 in scholarships during the 2019 National Finals, and would currently be gearing up for her triumphant return to Mobile to crown the next Distinguished Young Woman of America. Michael Dumas, al, 26 Apr. 2020 Bennington will be in federal custody until his next scheduled court appearance on Thursday. Andrew Blankstein, NBC News, 22 Apr. 2020 However, LakewoodAlive is still fulfilling its mission with its Virtual Community Gatherings, the next of which takes place from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday (April 14). John Benson, cleveland, 13 Apr. 2020 Sang is asking clients to wait until their next scheduled appointment to come in and not to try and rebook something in April. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 25 Mar. 2020 The ship's next scheduled port of call is in Cozumel, Mexico. Erin Schumaker, ABC News, 26 Feb. 2020

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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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9 Jun 2021

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“Next.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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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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