next to

preposition

Definition of next to

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : immediately following or adjacent to
2 : in comparison to next to you I'm wealthy

next to

adverb

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 for next to

Synonyms: Preposition

about, around, by, near, nigh

Synonyms: Adverb

about, all but, almost, borderline, fair [chiefly British], fairly, feckly [chiefly Scottish], more or less, most, much, near, nearly, nigh, practically, somewhere, virtually, well-nigh

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Examples of next to in a Sentence

Preposition

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

Adverb

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

Preposition

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

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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next to

preposition

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.

next to

adverb

Kids Definition of next to (Entry 2 of 2)

: very nearly He ate next to nothing.

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