Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Nearest in space or position; adjacent: the next room.
  • adj. Immediately following, as in time, order, or sequence: next week; the next item on the list.
  • adv. In the time, order, or place nearest or immediately following: reading this book next; our next oldest child.
  • adv. On the first subsequent occasion: when next I write.
  • n. The next person or thing: The next will be better.
  • idiom next to Adjacent to: the car next to hers.
  • idiom next to Following in order or degree: Next to skiing, she likes hiking.
  • idiom next to Almost; practically: next to impossible.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Following in a sequence.
  • adj. Being closer to the present location than all other items.
  • adj. Nearest following (of date, time, space or order).
  • adj. Following in a hypothetical sequence of some kind.
  • The one immediately following the current or most recent one
  • Closest to seven days (one week) in advance.
  • adv. In a time, place or sequence closest or following.
  • adv. On the first subsequent occasion,
  • prep. On the side of; next to.
  • n. The one that follows after this one.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Nearest in place; having no similar object intervening.
  • Nearest in time.
  • Adjoining in a series; immediately preceding or following in order.
  • Nearest in degree, quality, rank, right, or relation.
  • adv. In the time, place, or order nearest or immediately succeeding.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Nighest; nearest; in the place, position, rank, or turn which is nearest: as, next before; next after you.
  • In the place or turn immediately succeeding: as, Who comes next?
  • Almost; within a little of being: as, next to nothing.
  • Nearest to; immediately adjacent to.
  • Nighest; nearest in place or position; adjoining: as, the next town; the next room.
  • Nearest in order, succession, or rank; immediately succeeding: as, advise me in your next letter; next time; next month.
  • Nearest or shortest in point of distance or of time; most direct in respect of the way or means.
  • The last preceding.
  • Synonyms Nearest, Next. See near.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (of elected officers) elected but not yet serving
  • adj. immediately following in time or order
  • adv. at the time or occasion immediately following
  • adj. nearest in space or position; immediately adjoining without intervening space

Etymologies

Middle English nexte, from Old English nīehsta, nēhst, superlative of nēah, near.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English nexte, nest, from Old English nīehst ("nearest, next"), superlative form of nēah ("nigh, near"), corresponding to Proto-Germanic *nēhwist (“nearest, closest”). Cognate with Old Norse næstr (Danish næste), Dutch naast, German nächst. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Fields was very grave about my going on to New Bedford (55 miles) next day, and then coming on here (180 miles) _next_ day.

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  • Hutchison announced in January that she would not seek another term next year, opening up a U.S. Senate seat that Republicans such as Lt. Gov David Dewhurst and former Dallas mayor Tom Leppert openly covet.

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  • Ensign, who recently announced he would not seek another term next year, has been investigated by federal prosecutors and the Senate Ethics Committee for actions stemming from his affair with Hampton's wife, Cynthia.

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  • In order for me to move on to the next level notice the use of the term next levelless crass and intimidating than saying, in order for you to ever get a piece of this, I need to see you in person.

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  • Several years ago I began using the term next practices in an effort to focus people forward in their thinking.

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  • "The reason I'm not as concerned as my colleagues who are running for re-election -- and I would hope that they too would support it -- is that as with any budget it is notional, it is aspirational, it does not have the specific legislative provisions that would be necessary to implement it," said Kyl, who in February announced he wouldn't seek another term next year.

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