\ 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

coming, ensuing, following, succeeding

Antonyms: Adjective

antecedent, foregoing, precedent, preceding, previous, prior

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Examples of next in a Sentence


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.


Next, I need to ask you a few questions about your family.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The first glass tastes of the anise that floats on top, the next, poured 15 or 20 minutes later, is more lemony, with hints of blueberry, the last one is more grapefruit, and a more rounded, completely infused drink. Polly Campbell,, "Meet the super-fancy cocktails at this new bar in Walnut Hills," 20 June 2019 If prices go up in Indy one day, prices will likely go up in Fort Wayne the next, DeHaan said. Crystal Hill, Indianapolis Star, "Which Indiana city has the lowest gas prices? Here's where you can find the cheapest gas," 20 June 2019 People very much saw it like the next My Big Fat Asian Wedding. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "Awkwafina & Director Lulu Wang on Their New Movie The Farewell," 19 June 2019 Evenings feature two performances, the first typically around 7 and the next at 9. Christina Tkacik,, "Quick bite: At Keystone Korner, jazz and food, reincarnated," 19 June 2019 But a new study published in the journal Scientific Reports is the first academic paper to investigate whether felines actually show breed differences in behavior and how, or even if, these traits are passed down from one generation to the next. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Your Cat’s Attitude Actually Is Closely Linked to Its Breed, Survey Shows," 19 June 2019 The 26-year-old has been wildly inconsistent since rejoining United for a jaw-dropping £89m in 2016, managing to thrill and excite one week before ghosting through an entire match the next., "Paul Pogba Tops List of Targets for Juventus Coach Maurizio Sarri as Man Utd Exit Edges Closer," 17 June 2019 But many of Morsy's supporters quickly lost faith in him -- as his administration lurched from one crisis to the next. Tim Lister, CNN, "Mohamed Morsy: A polarizing legacy," 17 June 2019 The window for a Jupiter gravity assist only lasts for a couple of years, and the next one opens in the late 2020s. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "Neptune Is a Windy, Chilly, and Baffling Planet. Let's Go!," 17 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

The top four finishers in this race will be eligible for the bonus when the series races next at Talladega Superspeedway in two weeks. Hank Kurz Jr, The Seattle Times, "Custer pulls away to win NASCAR Xfinity race at Richmond," 12 Apr. 2019 At least six individuals from among the 20 candidates will be selected for induction during the hall’s annual banquet next March in Waco. David Barron, Houston Chronicle, "Texans DE J.J. Watt one of 20 nominated for Texas Sports Hall of Fame," 5 June 2019 The researchers next measured the levels of various products of glucose metabolism and concluded that mannose inhibits key enzymes involved in essential metabolic pathways, all of which rely on glucose. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Sugar cures cancer! (Not really, but one sugar may help chemo)," 21 Nov. 2018 Boston has a 2–0 series lead, and the teams next play Saturday. Charlotte Carroll,, "Ben Simmons Was Roasted For His One-Point Performance Against Celtics in Game 2," 4 May 2018 The senator next in line is Richard C. Shelby, Republican of Alabama. Sheryl Gay Stolberg And Jonathan Martin, New York Times, "Senator Thad Cochran Announces Retirement, Opening Another G.O.P. Seat," 5 Mar. 2018 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., "David Silva Will Miss Man City Tie Against Brighton After Jetting Back to Spain for Family Reasons," 9 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Kroger, which includes Ralphs and Food 4 Less, is next at 18.6%. James F. Peltz,, "Grocery strike rocked Southern California 16 years ago. It may happen again soon," 22 June 2019 Trump has been determined to go forward with the family operation after tweeting Monday that the immigration raids were coming ‘‘next week’’ as a first step toward his pledge for ‘‘millions’’ of deportations. Nick Miroff,, "ICE raids targeting migrant families slated to start Sunday in major US cities," 21 June 2019 As for what's next on the list of creation for Heist? Bras. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Go-To Tights Brand Just Released Colorful Bodysuits," 13 June 2019 What's next: Moving, securing and renovating the house for public use are expected to take one to two years. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Ulysses S. Grant home finally heading to Eastern Market," 13 June 2019 With so many shows receiving reboots, fans have long wondered if the iconic NBC sitcom about six friends navigating life in New York City could be next. Kaitlin Reilly,, "These Friends Reunion Rumors Are Just Getting Cruel, Jennifer Aniston!," 6 June 2019 What transpires next is best described as the real-world manifestation of Tetris. Luzanne Otte, Town & Country, "Patricia Altschul's Very Specific Guide to Traveling in Style," 18 May 2019 New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland could be next. Talia Buford, ProPublica, "New Jersey’s $300 Million Nuclear Power Bailout Is Facing a Court Challenge. Does It Have a Chance?," 16 May 2019 Tropicana was next at $31.3 million, down 4.2%, followed by Harrah’s at $26.5 million, down 16.1%, and Caesars at $22.8 million, up 4.3%. Wayne Parry, The Seattle Times, "March Madness leads to gladness for New Jersey sports books," 12 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Wine lovers, break out that bucket list — La Cité du Vin is your next must-see spot. Rachel Desantis,, "This Wine Theme Park and Museum Is a Vino Lover's Dream," 21 June 2019 The next is Cole Caufield, who broke the all-time goals record for the U.S. National Team Development Program that has produced countless NHL players in recent years. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Arizona Coyotes in 'more discussions' at NHL draft than previous years," 20 June 2019 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,, "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,, "St. Tammany Parish just keeps growing. See the data.," 2 Apr. 2018

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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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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


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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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