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Definition of next to 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : immediately following or adjacent to

2 : in comparison to next to you I'm wealthy

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Definition of next to (Entry 2 of 2)

: very nearly : almost it was next to impossible to see in the fog

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Synonyms & Antonyms for next to

Synonyms: Preposition

after, behind, below, following, past

Synonyms: Adverb

about, all but, almost, borderline, fairly, more or less, most, much, near, nearly, nigh, practically, somewhere, virtually, well-nigh

Antonyms: Preposition

ahead of, before, ere, of, previous to, prior to, to

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Examples of next to in a Sentence


enjoys living next to the ocean next to the war, the flagging economy was the biggest campaign issue


bought it for next to nothing
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First Known Use of next to


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1596, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of next to was in the 14th century

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Kids Definition of next to

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : beside sense 1 I sat next to my friend.

2 : following right after I'd say next to chocolate, strawberry ice cream is my favorite.

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Kids Definition of next to (Entry 2 of 2)

: very nearly He ate next to nothing.

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not any or not one

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