Definition of next to preposition from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    next to

     preposition
    preposition
    BrE BrE//ˈnekst tu//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnekst tu//
     
     
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  1. 1  in or into a position right beside somebody/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? Turn left at the next traffic lights. Who’s next? (The) nearest means ‘closest’ in space:Where’s the nearest supermarket? 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). In informal British English nearest can be used instead of nearest to:Who’s sitting nearest the door?
  2. 2following in order or importance after somebody/something Next to skiing my favourite sport is skating.
  3. 3almost Charles knew next to nothing about farming. The horse came next to last (= the one before the last one) in the race.
  4. 4in comparison with somebody/something Next to her I felt like a fraud.
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