(noun, adjective, adverb, preposition, determiner)


1. immediately following in time or order

- next in line

- the next president

- the next item on the list

Similar word(s): succeeding, following

2. nearest in space or position; immediately adjoining without intervening space

- in the next room

- the person sitting next to me

Similar word(s): close, adjacent

3. (of elected officers) elected but not yet serving

- our next president

Similar word(s): incoming, future, succeeding

4. (of a day of the week) nearest (or nearest but one) after the present moment

- not this Saturday, next Saturday

- on Tuesday next

Similar word(s): succeeding

Sentences with next as an adjective:

- The next week is full.


1. at the time or occasion immediately following

- next the doctor examined his back

Sentences with next as an adverb:

- They live in the next closest house.

- It's the next best thing to ice cream.

- Next, we stripped off the old paint.

- Financial panic, earthquakes, oil spills, riots. What comes next?

- When we next meet, you'll be married.


1. The one immediately following the current or most recent one

- Next week would be a good time to meet.

- I'll know better next time.

2. Closest to seven days (one week) in the future.

- The party is next Tuesday; that is, not this Tuesday, but nine days from now.


1. The one that follows after this one.

- Next, please, don't hold up the queue!


1. On the side of; next to.