next Definition

  • 1coming immediately after the present one in order, rank, or space
  • 2the one that follows the present one

Using next: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "next" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I'll see you next week.

  • Example

    The next train to arrive is from London.

  • Example

    Who's next in line?

  • Example

    What's on the agenda for the next meeting?

next Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using next

  • a less desirable alternative when the ideal is not available


    I couldn't afford a new car, so I bought a used one. It's not perfect, but it's the next best thing.

  • used to describe a sudden or unexpected event


    I was walking down the street, and the next thing I knew, I was lying on the ground.

  • to wait for the next opportunity


    I missed the bus, so I'll have to get the next one.

Phrases with next

  • in a position adjacent to or very near something


    The restaurant is next to the cinema.

  • next up

    the next person or thing in a sequence


    Next up is the championship game.

  • in the adjacent building or room


    My sister lives next door to me.

Origins of next

from Old English 'niehsta', meaning 'nearest, closest'


Summary: next in Brief

'Next' [nekst] refers to something that comes immediately after the present one, whether in order, rank, or space. It can be used as an adjective, noun, or adverb, and has synonyms like 'following' and 'upcoming.' Phrases like 'next to' and idioms like 'the next best thing' are common. Examples include 'I'll see you next week' and 'Who's next in line?'

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