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

Synonyms for next to

Synonyms: Preposition

Synonyms: Adverb

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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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Dictionary Entries Near next to

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“Next to.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/next%20to. Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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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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