next

adjective
\ 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

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

Today at the Salone del Mobile furniture fair in Milan, IKEA will unveil SYMFONISK, its partnership with speaker company Sonos, featuring two new products that take multitasking to the next level. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "IKEA's New Lamp and Bookshelf Double as Speakers," 8 Apr. 2019 From the streets of New York to the party scene in Los Angeles some of our favorite celebrities were out and about serving up some next-level head-to-toe looks this week. Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner, Kiki Layne and More Best Outfits of the Week," 15 Mar. 2019 But when comparing quarters from one year to the next, Trump is wrong to say that growth hasn’t cracked 3 percent in 14 years. Calvin Woodward, The Seattle Times, "AP fact check: Trump hails an exoneration not offered," 25 Mar. 2019 In keeping with Pentagon policy, the names of the dead weren’t released pending notification of the next of... Craig Nelson, WSJ, "Two U.S. Troops Killed in Afghanistan Operation," 22 Mar. 2019 So too do their familial beauty rules and regimens, which have been passed down from one generation to the next. Mia Adorante, Town & Country, "How One Mother’s Beauty Philosophy Became a Powerful Family Bond," 21 Mar. 2019 In both cases, the owner is shown taking some personal (a picture, or a necklace) from one device to the other—just as files can be migrated from one PC to the next. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Windows 7 will use pop-ups to warn users of the operating system's impending death," 12 Mar. 2019 Reduce mixer speed to medium and add eggs 1 at a time, beating until incorporated before adding the next. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Desert Bloom Cupcakes," 15 Feb. 2019 But with the help of the brand's consulting stylist Ashley Streicher, Moore took her updated look to the next level by chopping off several inches of hair into a super-chic bob. Marci Robin, Allure, "Mandy Moore Just Cut Her Hair Into a Super-Chic Wavy Bob," 8 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

Season 3 of the TLC design show will bless our small screens next month. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "12 Things Most People Don't Know About Jeremiah Brent," 13 Mar. 2019 Little known, slightly checkered Hallandale Beach is being billed as South Florida’s next oceanfront real estate hot spot. Nancy Keates, WSJ, "This Once-Scruffy Beach Town Is South Florida’s New Real Estate Hot Spot," 13 Feb. 2019 The latter comments are good news for Foden and Díaz, who have both impressed in various cameo roles for Man City this season and both will be looking to push for more minutes next season, whether that be in Manchester or elsewhere. SI.com, "David Silva Will Miss Man City Tie Against Brighton After Jetting Back to Spain for Family Reasons," 9 May 2018 Meg and Harry will make their first appearance of the new year next Monday, January 14. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "The Queen Will Reportedly Give Meghan Markle a New Royal Role," 7 Jan. 2019 This one found that a man's chest was flagged, but a man's chest next a 50% scale owl went unnoticed. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How Kevin Hart tweeted himself out of a job hosting the Oscars," 8 Dec. 2018 The agreement sets up a 21-month standstill transition period after Britain leaves the bloc next March, during which the U.K. and the EU hope to negotiate a future trade and security agreement. Max Colchester, WSJ, "What the EU and U.K. Agreed to on Brexit," 25 Nov. 2018 The yield’s next major milestone would be reaching its 2018 closing high of 3.109%, set on May 17. Sam Goldfarb, WSJ, "Treasurys Sell Off as Investors Assess Tariffs," 18 Sep. 2018 McCain will be buried on a grassy hill at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, right next longtime friend Chuck Larson, himself an admiral and ally throughout McCain’s remarkable life. Fox News, "John McCain’s former Vietnamese jailor says he always respected the late senator," 27 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

But Kendall really went next-level with her phone whoopsie, as evidenced in the GIF posted to the KUWTK Twitter account showing the moment when two phones went sailing out of Kendall's hands and into the pool. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Dropped Not One But Two Phones in a Swimming Pool," 1 Apr. 2019 Jolie will next appear in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil this October. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Angelina Jolie Could Be Starring in a Marvel Superhero Movie," 28 Mar. 2019 Sunny next married a Danish man about town who would bring the family into ignominy: Claus von Bülow. Carl Swanson, Town & Country, "How Sunny Von Bulow's Daughter Ala Isham Found Her Voice," 14 Mar. 2019 If a facial isn’t in the cards, one of these quickie treatments is your next best option. Harper's BAZAAR, "BAZAAR's 2019 Anti-Aging Awards," 4 Mar. 2019 As the first season comes to an end, the big question is ... what's going to happen next? Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'A Million Little Things' Season 2 Sounds Like It's Going to Seriously Shock Fans," 28 Feb. 2019 Joe Biden next delivering more comments about the deplorables. Fox News, "Women who know Kavanaugh respond to allegations against him," 17 Sep. 2018 An appeal to the full court of appeals or the Supreme Court could be next. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "The mysterious grand jury appeal that may be tied to the Mueller investigation, explained," 19 Dec. 2018 Surely, next on the list would be the actual nuptials? Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Spend Thanksgiving in India Just a Week Before Their Rumored Wedding Date," 22 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Back on November 15, lawyers for both Mueller and Manafort asked for a short, 10-day extension in filing their next scheduled status update on his case. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "New developments about Mueller, Manafort, and Corsi.," 27 Nov. 2018 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

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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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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 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

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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