1 of 4


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

see also next to nothing


2 of 4


: nearest or adjacent to


3 of 4


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


4 of 4


: one that is next
from one day to the next

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. See More
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Sony has said there are no major entries in its existing franchises launching until the next fiscal year, not until March 2025 or later. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 The camp brings together members of the international Invictus Community, including team managers, coaches and competitors to experience winter adaptive sports before the official competition next year. Jordan Greene, Peoplemag, 15 Feb. 2024 When a larger group returned the next day, one member was cited by police for disorderly conduct. Kamal Morgan, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 15 Feb. 2024 The new neighborhood growth blueprint would increase the area’s population from 78,000 to 143,000 over the next 30 years, break up car-centric superblocks and allow high-rise housing along major roads. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Feb. 2024 There are bright spots however: Some Tesla Supercharger stations — the number is not yet clear — will be opened up to non-Tesla vehicles over the next few years. Russ Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 15 Feb. 2024 The next one does the same for mortar, which is typically dispensed from a large storage silo. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 15 Feb. 2024 The next chat is Feb. 16 at 12 p.m. Resources for getting help. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2024 That means relatively mild days and seasonable nights for the next few. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, 3 Feb. 2024
What To Watch For Nvidia will report earnings next Wednesday for its fiscal quarter ending last month. Derek Saul, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 He also was selected for the Rising Stars event next Friday night. Barry Jackson, Miami Herald, 9 Feb. 2024 Los Gatos plays host to Gunn on Thursday and then visits Palo Alto next Tuesday. Darren Sabedra, The Mercury News, 7 Feb. 2024 Colder air returns next week, perhaps with a snow chance. Dan Stillman, Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2024 Look for small sets of spreaders to store for a favorite hostess, for impromptu holiday gifts next year, or just for your own use. Charlotte Observer, 30 Jan. 2024 The opening games next Saturday have No. 8 Crenshaw at Birmingham, No. 5 Palisades at King/Drew, No. 7 El Camino Real at Westchester and No. 6 Granada Hills at Hamilton. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 3 Feb. 2024 Ballots arrive in Sacramento residents’ mailboxes next week. Theresa Clift, Sacramento Bee, 2 Feb. 2024 The carrier is offering up to 30% off for any potential customers who goes to its website—and some targeted customer are receiving emails offering up to 40% off standard fares as well as double the usual number of elite-qualifying miles for any flights next month. Chris Morris, Fortune, 30 Jan. 2024
Celebrities are ready to see what Gordon Ramsay cooks up next! Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 17 Feb. 2024 See the dramatic bodycam footage and find out what happened next. Nicole Pelletiere, Fox News, 17 Feb. 2024 Locations in Elizabeth neighborhood and Fort Mill, S.C., are expected in in spring 2024, with restaurants in Ballantyne, Concord, Huntersville, Park Road and Plaza Midwood following next. Heidi Finley, Charlotte Observer, 16 Feb. 2024 New Mexico is next best in the Mountain West at 21 in both and a 5.5-point underdog by Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Feb. 2024 And now, armed with a huge new contract, team brass believe Witt can help the Royals next take the next step toward being competitive in the American League Central again. Jaylon Thompson, Kansas City Star, 5 Feb. 2024 Usher talks Super Bowl halftime show, new album and what's coming next An eight-time Grammy Award winner, Usher has sold millions of records all over the world since the start of his decades-long career — one that many credit for creating the romantic soundtrack of a generation. Emily Mae Czachor, CBS News, 2 Feb. 2024 Their attitudes ranged from wonderment to grim perseverance to bafflement about what to do next. Geoff Colvin, Fortune, 2 Feb. 2024 Up next: Missouri will remain on the road, facing South Carolina on Saturday. Jaden Lewis, Kansas City Star, 24 Jan. 2024
One sport to the next sees what the other has done and wants some of the same stuff. Lia Assimakopoulos, Dallas News, 8 Mar. 2023 So bouncing from one tone and genre to the next creates a whiplash effect, even though some of the episodes — that fourth one in particular — are quite good. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 15 Mar. 2023 The numbers are higher globally: One-quarter of consumers intend to buy an EV next. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, 11 Mar. 2022 Because the multi-racial categories are relatively new to the census and have changed since they were introduced, an apples-to-apples comparison of data collected from one census year to the next becomes complicated, if not impossible. Hannah Drown, cleveland, 21 Aug. 2021 Your organization should have a plan for how to manage the alarm in the foreseeable future — in the new next. Curtis Odom, Forbes, 7 June 2021 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 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


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

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

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“Next.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 3 adjective
: coming immediately before or following
the next page
the house next to ours


2 of 3 preposition


3 of 3 adverb
: in the nearest time, place, or order following
open this package next
: at the first time to come after this
when next we meet

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