\ 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

— see also next to nothing

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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Meanwhile, as Andrew Kane just gets started on his hockey journey, a player like James Williams is looking to take the next step. Ivan Carter, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Aug. 2022 The next step in the NFL’s appeal of Deshaun Watson’s six-game suspension happened on Friday when the NFLPA filed its reply brief. Dan Labbe, cleveland, 5 Aug. 2022 In a statement, Boehly and the MRC partners characterized the transaction as the next step in what has been a fruitful investment partnership. William Earl, Variety, 5 Aug. 2022 The next step was an artificial-heart-and-lung machine known familiarly as ECMO — short for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. New York Times, 4 Aug. 2022 With that investment money, the next step is to move the RepAir device from the lab into actual operating conditions and test various configurations and membrane design prototypes in different environments. Erik Kobayashi-solomon, Forbes, 4 Aug. 2022 The next step might be confronting whatever inhibitions blocked you from noticing these options sooner. Chicago Tribune, 3 Aug. 2022 The next step is inviting residents and business owners in Granby to join in the sessions and help gather information on what is needed in the community to combat the problem. Steve Smith, Hartford Courant, 3 Aug. 2022 The next step is to bring your car into a car mechanic who will be able to better asses the vehicle and replace the oil. Megan Marples, CNN, 3 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition The clip next jumps to an actual moment on actual British television. Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, 21 July 2022 The challenge next moves to more-fraught terrain — getting impatient Americans to understand that, while a vaccine is here, most will have to wait. Katie Shepherd, Washington Post, 11 Dec. 2020 In that case, the Lakers would have needed to create salary-cap space next offseason to sign Irving to a more lucrative contract. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 27 June 2022 The accounts of what happened next that afternoon vary widely. New York Times, 28 Apr. 2022 The researchers next plan to crank up the whipping siphon pressure to trap and release more carbon monoxide with more smaller bubbles inside the foam. Akila Muthukumar, STAT, 3 July 2022 And there will be more opportunities next term, when the court will hear appeals on affirmative action in college admissions, religious freedom for business owners and federal election disputes. Fox News, 2 July 2022 Los Angeles, Denver and Dallas are the three next busiest terminals, each with over half a million passengers. Chris Morris, Fortune, 29 June 2022 Those include: when the loan next adjusts, what index the loan is tied to and what margin is added to that index to determine their rate. Los Angeles Times, 15 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, in an interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria, espoused a different view — this one focused not on what the data is currently showing, but on what's likely to happen next. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 25 July 2022 Try to get a second opinion from a fresh set of eyes -- or take a vote on what to do next. Chicago Tribune, 25 July 2022 Apple TV+’s psychological thriller ended on a major cliffhanger, leaving fans hanging wondering what would happen next. Ethan Millman, Rolling Stone, 22 July 2022 Then, provide information about what’s going to happen next, and close with an invitation to continue to contribute more. Rodger Dean Duncan, Forbes, 19 July 2022 Those previous acquisitions can form something of a blueprint for what UTA might do next. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 July 2022 On Thursday night, Italy’s politicians and analysts struggled to figure out exactly what had happened — and what would happen next. Jason Horowitz,, 14 July 2022 On Thursday night, Italy’s politicians and analysts struggled to figure out exactly what had happened — and what would happen next. New York Times, 14 July 2022 Lalo explains what will happen next: Kim will stay with Lalo at the condo. Kat Rosenfield,, 12 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 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 See More

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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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\ 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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