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Definition of next-door

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: located or living in the next building, house, apartment, or room broadly : nearby, adjacent

next door


Definition of next door (Entry 2 of 2)

: in or to the next building, house, apartment, or room lives next door broadly : in or at an adjacent place
next door to

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Synonyms & Antonyms for next-door

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of next-door in a Sentence

Adverb He bought the house next door. I'll be staying in the room next door. Canada is right next door to the U.S.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb One consideration was the construction of a path from the school next door to the library, according to Andrew Mangels, the director of the library. Linda Gandee/special To,, "Westlake schedules public dedication for new, combined elementary school," 10 Sep. 2019 Last year, Lynch built a duplex condo building on a property next door to his home on Ashland Street in Dorchester, with the two units selling for nearly $1.5 million. Tim Logan,, "Zoning board member resigns amid bribery scandal," 8 Sep. 2019 Ziggy’s Pizza Ziggy’s Pizza, along with its partner in crime Stardust Pinbar, started slinging New York-style slices next door to the Van Buren this month. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "Pizza, poke and steak: These 12 restaurants opened in metro Phoenix in August," 2 Sep. 2019 The neighbor heard gunshots next door and went to the house to find a body in the driveway. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "'My Heart Was Turned to Ash.' Baseball Player Speaks Out After Murders of Wife, Son and Mother-in-Law," 30 Aug. 2019 Just steps away from the dog in the garage, a second barked and growled through the open window of a barren second floor room next door to the Strauther home. Kat Stafford, Detroit Free Press, "Chained and neglected: Detroit's dog problem persists despite child deaths," 28 Aug. 2019 The fire impacted their roof and some residences next door. Beth Spotswood,, "Church is church, in any language," 13 Aug. 2019 If rehabbers next door don’t seek you out, make a point of introducing yourself and getting a contact number — a neighborly attitude goes a long way toward keeping things pleasant on the block. Cindy Dampier,, "‘Windy City Rehab’ troubles highlight a cardinal rule of rehabbing: Always be good to the neighbors," 15 July 2019 And if their pride gets too big, the females will even carve out a new territory next door for their daughters to take over and start their own pride. Erin Biba, National Geographic, "In real life, Simba’s mom would be running the pride," 8 July 2019

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1744, in the meaning defined above


1579, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of next-door was in 1579

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English Language Learners Definition of next-door

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: living in the next house, apartment, room, etc.
: next to your or someone else's house, apartment, room, etc.

next door


English Language Learners Definition of next door (Entry 2 of 2)

: in the next house, apartment, room, etc.
: next to your or someone else's house, apartment, room, etc.
: in a place that is very close to something else


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Kids Definition of next-door

: located in the next building, apartment, or room She is my next-door neighbor.

next door


Kids Definition of next door

: in or to the nearest building, apartment, or room She lives next door.

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