- 1in or into a position right beside someone or something We sat next to each other. Which Word?next / nearest (The)next means “after this/that one” in time or in a series of events, places, or people:When is your next appointment? Take a left at the next traffic light. Who’s next?(The)nearest means “closest” in space:Where’s the nearest grocery store? Notice the difference between the prepositions nearest to and next to:Janet’s sitting nearest to the window (= of all the people in the room). Sarah’s sitting next to the window (= right beside it).
- 2following in order or importance after someone or something Next to skiing my favorite sport is skating.
- 3almost Charles knew next to nothing about farming. The horse came next to last (= the one before the last one) in the race.
- 4in comparison with someone or something Next to her I felt like a fraud.
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