Definition of next adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//nekst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//nekst//
    [only before noun]
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  1. 1  (usually with the) coming straight after somebody/something in time, order or space The next train to Baltimore is at ten. The next six months will be the hardest. the next chapter Who's next? the woman in the next room I fainted and the next thing I knew I was in the hospital. (informal) Round here, you leave school at sixteen and next thing you know, you're married with three kids. 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. 2  (used without the) next Monday, week, summer, year, etc. the Monday, week, etc. immediately following Next Thursday is 12 April. Next time I'll bring a book.
  3. Word OriginOld English nēhsta ‘nearest’, superlative of nēah ‘nigh’; compare with Dutch naast and German nächste.Extra examples I’m going away next month. Next time I’ll bring a book. Round here, you leave school at sixteen and next thing you know, you’re married with three kids. The next chapter deals with the post-war situation. The woman in the next room was talking in a very loud voice. Who’s next?Idioms (informal) used to encourage somebody who has not been successful at something
    from one day to the next
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    if a situation changes from one day to the next, it is uncertain and not likely to stay the same each day I never know what to expect from one day to the next.
    the next man, woman, person, etc.
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    the average person I can enjoy a joke as well as the next man, but this is going too far.
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