\ 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

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The next step is to test the plan in the community, which is set to take place in apartment complexes where there are high numbers of students who don’t have internet connections. Megan Taros, The Arizona Republic, "The pandemic uncovered south Phoenix's digital divide. Here's how the city wants to forge a permanent fix," 21 Nov. 2020 Members of his treatment team, friends and family shared the emotional celebration as the sports-loving teenager prepares for the next step in his journey. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, "16-year-old Deanthony Rogers beat cancer three times; now he'll have a chance to inspire Colts," 21 Nov. 2020 The next step will come on Dec. 17, when the authority could vote to declare the property as blighted. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Greendale starts process of possibly buying Southridge's former Boston Store to help redevelop troubled mall," 21 Nov. 2020 And a third group of candidates were office holders in their state legislatures and decided to take the next step into national office. Erin Delmore, NBC News, "Inside the movement that swept Republican women into Congress," 20 Nov. 2020 The next-man-up mentality was going to play a role and make their approach feel flippant at times. Dan Labbe, cleveland, "The NFL, Browns have been able to manage coronavirus so far," 19 Nov. 2020 The next step, is how to get international acts into the market. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Guns N’ Roses Sets 2021 Stadium Tour of Australia and NZ," 19 Nov. 2020 The next step: Figuring out exactly how the distribution process will work (much more on that in the coming days and weeks). Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "The sad science of pandemic grief," 19 Nov. 2020 These three arenas are the next step in ESP’s strategic decision to use data engineering to produce arenas that are safer and kinder to the horse, while providing the very top level of international performance. Gary Curreri, sun-sentinel.com, "Three new arenas slated for 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival," 19 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition Officials say an additional 1,100 students have applied for spring housing and will move to the Foggy Bottom campus next semester. Washington Post, "Parents, students push colleges to open more in spring: ‘I wish I was in a dorm with my friends’," 13 Nov. 2020 Democrats required a net gain of three or four seats for a Senate majority next Congress, depending on whether Biden becomes president or not. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Senate runoff combo soon to make Georgia center of the political universe," 6 Nov. 2020 The business will be located at 100 N. Main St., next The Olive Scene. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Stir Studio Kitchen expanding this month to Chagrin Falls," 5 Nov. 2020 Partisan enthusiasm on both sides in this campaign went through the roof anyway, and that may well lead to a reassessment of such gatherings next time around. Michael Smolens Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: It has been an election of change — and more may be coming," 3 Nov. 2020 The Colonels will face Central Arkansas for the second time this season next Saturday at 4 p.m. Reach David J. Kim at DKim@courierjournal.com and follow him on Twitter at @_DavidJKim. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "Eastern Kentucky football kept out of the end zone, falls to Stephen F. Austin," 7 Nov. 2020 Renovating the building next doorinto a civic engagement center will round out his mission to have space for classes, meetings, forums, the River West Coffee Shop and free Wi-Fi for everyone. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, "The Fonseca Theatre was devastated when its founder died. Here's how it's moving forward.," 28 Oct. 2020 Once Avila has an understanding of which prospects are likely to have big-league sustainability, the Tigers can open the checkbook and sign long-term free agents next offseason, assuming the financial climate is back to normal. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers probably won't spend big this offseason. Here's what they need to do," 27 Oct. 2020 If all goes according to plan, Barrett would be on the bench before the court next hears cases on Nov. 2, one day before Election Day. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett moves closer to Senate confirmation as hearing ends," 16 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Anticipation of what Trump might do next is building toward the weekend when Saudi Arabia hosts the G20 summit of the world's top economic powers in the Kingdom's futuristic city in the making, Neom. Nic Robertson, CNN, "World braced for more bombshells from furious Donald Trump after election defeat," 19 Nov. 2020 The Shout Mouse Press team is considering what to do next with the submissions. Washington Post, "This D.C. press helps diverse young writers express themselves ‘from a place of power’," 17 Nov. 2020 Fortune recently spoke with the cofounders about how the first year has been and what the company plans to do next. Rachel King, Fortune, "The boutique aperitif brand finding favor with millennials making more cocktails at home," 15 Nov. 2020 The practice window gives the 49ers three weeks to decide what to do next with Sherman. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "49ers put Kendrick Bourne back on COVID list, days after he had been cleared," 9 Nov. 2020 Complicating matters further, her work visa was running out in the U.S., forcing the couple to make a quick decision about what to do next. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "Immigrants, border families face difficulties amid COVID-19 travel restrictions," 2 Nov. 2020 Viewers can decide the fate of where to go and what to do next. Mary Lou Cruz, sun-sentinel.com, "Calendar: Virtual community, entertainment events beginning Oct. 28," 26 Oct. 2020 Having revolutionized shotgunning by inventing the Auto 5 semiautomatic, Browning had a hard time figuring what do next, especially as gas guns grew in popularity. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, "10 of the Best Shotguns for Woodcock Hunting," 20 Oct. 2020 Given his massive war chest and the dominant position, all eyes are on what India’s richest man will do next. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "What does Mukesh Ambani want to be remembered for?," 19 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For so many others, there is no longer a something-to-do-next. Ai Weiwei, The Atlantic, "When Time Loses All Meaning," 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, "Mow a design in your lawn for World Labyrinth Day, stay calm during the coronavirus pandemic," 28 Apr. 2020 On Thursday, one plane after the next was landing at an American Airlines facility in Tulsa. David Gelles, New York Times, "Inside American Airlines’ Scramble as Virus Grounds Jets by Hundreds," 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, "Distinguished Young Women chart new course," 26 Apr. 2020 Bennington will be in federal custody until his next scheduled court appearance on Thursday. Andrew Blankstein, NBC News, "California man promoting 'incel ideology' charged with allegedly threatening teens," 22 Apr. 2020 However, LakewoodAlive is still fulfilling its mission with its Virtual Community Gatherings, the next of which takes place from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday (April 14). John Benson, cleveland, "LakewoodAlive interacting with community via Virtual Community Gathering webinars," 13 Apr. 2020 Sang is asking clients to wait until their next scheduled appointment to come in and not to try and rebook something in April. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Your salon closed. And your roots are showing. Now what? Introducing 'curbside color'," 25 Mar. 2020 The ship's next scheduled port of call is in Cozumel, Mexico. Erin Schumaker, ABC News, "Coronavirus live updates: 2 Caribbean islands turn cruise ship away," 26 Feb. 2020

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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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Time Traveler

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

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23 Nov 2020

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“Next.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/next. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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How to pronounce next (audio)

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
\ 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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