next: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (nekst), [key]
— adj.
  1. immediately following in time, order, importance, etc.: the next day; the next person in line.
  2. nearest or adjacent in place or position: the next room.
  3. nearest in relationship or kinship.
  4. They are next door to poverty.
    1. in an adjacent house, apartment, office, etc.; neighboring.
    2. in a position of proximity; near to:They are next door to poverty.
  5. He sat next to his sister.
    1. adjacent to:He sat next to his sister.
    2. almost; nearly:next to impossible.
    3. aside from:Next to cake, ice cream is my favorite dessert.
  1. in the place, time, importance, etc., nearest or immediately following: We're going to London next. This is my next oldest daughter.
  2. on the first occasion to follow: when next we meet.
  3. to get into the favor or good graces of; become a good friend of.
  1. adjacent to; nearest: It's in the closet next the blackboard.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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