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

Former lawmaker Imran Khan, who hopes to become the next prime minister, condemned Friday's attack against his opponent, Durrani. NBC News, "More than 100 people killed in Pakistan election violence," 14 July 2018 Former lawmaker Imran Khan, who hopes to become the next prime minister, condemned Friday's attack against his opponent, Durrani. Zaheer Babar And Abdul Sattar, chicagotribune.com, "74 dead in election violence in Pakistan," 13 July 2018 Former lawmaker Imran Khan, who hopes to become the next prime minister, condemned Friday’s attack against his opponent, Durrani. Zaheer Babar And Abdul Sattar, USA TODAY, "At least 74 people killed in Pakistan election violence," 13 July 2018 The next batter, Jonathan Schoop, hit a sacrifice fly to center field for the only run of the game. Katherine Fominykh, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles ride rookie Yefry Ramírez to beat error-riddled Rangers, 1-0," 15 July 2018 In a state synonymous with cloudless skies, Mr Brown always seems to be expecting the next storm. The Economist, "What’s left?To win back power, Democrats must do things that make them uncomfortable," 14 July 2018 The intensity of right now, the days before, is that combination of not knowing what the next turn will be, exactly, while knowing that whatever happens will be epic and extraordinary. Laurent Dubois, The Atlantic, "France’s Ghosts Return for the World Cup," 14 July 2018 But Butcher's hope is that the blimp’s next outing is Scotland, where Trump is due to head after taking tea with the Queen at Windsor Castle on Thursday. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, "London Protest Organizers Plan to Take the 'Trump Baby' Blimp on the Road," 13 July 2018 Getty Images Just an hour after meeting with Irish President Michael Higgins, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have already arrived at the next stop on their whirlwind tour of Dublin, Ireland. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Braves Athletic Field in Heels at Ireland's Croke Park," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

Face it, James won’t be eating his home meals next season in Cleveland. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, "'The Alchemist'? LeBron James is better off reading these books right now," 25 May 2018 The Irish pilots will strike for 24 hours next Thursday. BostonGlobe.com, "Barnes & Noble fires CEO for violating company policies," 3 July 2018 What’s next The winner of this semifinal faces either Miami Columbus (25-4) or Jupiter (17-10) in the Class 9A final Saturday at 7 p.m. Columbus and Jupiter play its semifinal following this TC-DP game. J.c. Carnahan, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Timber Creek vs. Dr. Phillips state semifinal postponed to Saturday," 2 June 2018 The proposal next goes to the entire council for review. Emily Alpert Reyes, latimes.com, "Amid booing, Koreatown shelter plan moves forward at City Hall," 22 May 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Maybe Jonathan and Drew can add that next on their to-do list? Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "This Is The Weirdest Thing Jonathan Scott Has In His Home (And Office)," 30 Oct. 2018 And now that Hill has rebuked them, what will his fellow Republicans Holcomb, House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate head David Long do next? Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "Curtis Hill scandal threatens his future — and stability in Indiana Statehouse," 8 July 2018 After the goalkeeper’s touch on the ball, Sterling recovered it but couldn’t seem to decide what to do next. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "England Takes Another Step Toward Bringing ‘It’ Home," 8 July 2018 But Celest wasn't prepared for what the animal did next. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Moose crashes Alaska couple's wedding, 'obliviously' gallops through ceremony," 6 July 2018 Boasberg's ruling Friday could slow the process for Michigan and other states considerably depending on what the Trump administration does next. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "Medicaid work requirement in Michigan may have hit a snag," 29 June 2018 Neither his lawyers nor the prosecutor knew what to do next. Longreads, "The Bungled Bank Robbery That Ended in a Landmark Legal Ruling," 26 June 2018 Up next, Orlando embarks on a two-game road swing, beginning with the Houston Dash Wednesday at BBVA Compass Stadium at 8:30 p.m. The Pride finish their stretch against the Utah Royals on Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium at 7 p.m. Mike Gramajo, Pro Soccer USA, "Late Marta goal lifts Orlando Pride to 2-1 win over Washington Spirit," 7 July 2018 Hernandez wants to get a master’s degree in public administration next, also at ASU, and potentially get a Ph.D. here, too. Rachel Leingang, azcentral, "Arizona universities got a boost in admissions from California in the past decade," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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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