Definition of next in English:



  • 1(of a time) coming immediately after the time of writing or speaking:

    ‘we'll go to Corfu next year’
    ‘next week's Cup Final’
    • ‘They are expected to leap again next month following the release of the Hollywood film of the book.’
    • ‘Maguire said he had no immediate plans but would be considering his future over the next few months.’
    • ‘She did speak out when she went to the hospital the next morning and went to the police.’
    • ‘He met her at Gwalior and told her they would proceed to Bhind the next morning.’
    • ‘A fresh bottle was delivered the next morning followed by a batch of three later in the day.’
    • ‘This review is ongoing, and a major study into the future of the four dairy plants is due next March.’
    • ‘I just hope the boys in blue are able to succeed like they want to next Saturday.’
    • ‘I hope those who meet to consider York's future next month reflect on this salutary tale.’
    • ‘Their future will depend on the result of Wasps' game next weekend in the European Cup final.’
    • ‘This code provided the model for all subsequent regulations over the next four centuries.’
    • ‘A final decision will be taken next March following a further review of the proposals.’
    • ‘The first beef dishes are now on the menu, with lamb due to follow next month when in peak condition.’
    • ‘Much more is to follow, given that next month will mark the 27th anniversary of the coup.’
    • ‘The bow of Dauntless will follow that of Daring next May, with Diamond at the end of 2006.’
    • ‘A meeting of trustees will be held at the Bird in Hand next Friday to discuss the future and take the decision to close.’
    • ‘UK Coal says it will make a decision on Selby's future within the next two months.’
    • ‘All four will learn their fate later next Thursday following a trial at Bradford Crown Court.’
    • ‘Earlier, the final was put off to the next morning following a spell of thunderstorm.’
    • ‘Dairy farmers will get the chance to discuss the future of the sector with leading industry figures next month.’
    • ‘Proposals on the future of Devizes Hospital will not be published until next June.’
    following, succeeding, to come, upcoming
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    1. 1.1 (of a day of the week) nearest (or the nearest but one) after the present:
      ‘not this Wednesday, next Wednesday’
      [postpositive] ‘on Monday next’
      • ‘Apple's next event is scheduled for March 6th, next Thursday.’
      • ‘The second semi-annual fair of the American Book Trade Association will be opened on Monday next in Clinton Hall, Astor place.’
      following, succeeding, to come, upcoming
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    2. 1.2 (of an event) occurring directly after the present one in time, without anything of the same kind intervening:
      ‘campaigning for the next election’
      ‘next time I'll bring a hat’
      • ‘The next event was the big dinner at night organized by the Fellowship and the Centre.’
      • ‘The executive was pushing for an expiration date that coincided with the premiere of the next episode.’
      • ‘On the next occasion, he gave the desk as a present to the jury and was awarded the grand prize.’
      • ‘A debate is now raging over the contents of the manifesto for the next election.’
      • ‘He says that it is a foregone conclusion that Labour will win the next election.’
      • ‘He smiles and goes off to get ready for his next flight, his next tournament, his next triumph.’
      • ‘He called for a report to be prepared for the next Board meeting on the future plans for the hospital.’
      • ‘Suddenly frustrated by this state of affairs I leave drunkenly to head over to the next party.’
      • ‘The next surprise was the identity of the voice on the end of the phone.’
      • ‘The working party has begun its task and is due to report progress to the next meeting of the forum.’
      • ‘What I am aiming for is to win the next election and this is part of the process I have to go through to do it.’
      • ‘His six deputies will be elected at the next meeting of the national council of the party.’
      • ‘Otherwise, he recommended booking a telephone kiosk for the next party conference.’
      • ‘Otherwise the application will be brought back to councillors and refused at the next meeting.’
      • ‘It was difficult for me to forget what had happened and I was always on edge waiting for the next incident.’
      • ‘We'll come back again soon, but I have to get back to present time so I don't miss the next match!’
      • ‘Mr Laws said the next meeting of the committee would look at the review process.’
      • ‘Each councillor was asked to bring five specific questions to the next meeting in November.’
      • ‘On the Socialist side, the next scandal reached even higher into the centre of power.’
      • ‘The next event is a French supper and cabaret night organised by the Twinning Society.’
      following, succeeding, to come, upcoming
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  • 2Coming immediately after the present one in order, rank, or space:

    ‘the woman in the next room’
    ‘the next chapter’
    ‘building materials were next in importance’
    • ‘The next issue is the order to make in relation to the issue of infringement.’
    • ‘The first stack to be drawn from is the next stack in the order in which stacks were taken for the deal.’
    • ‘But the history is not quite as simple as that, as we'll see in the next chapter.’
    • ‘The motion is the next motion on the Order Paper, which is to set up the committee.’
    • ‘Undoubtedly awoken by the shouting, Keira was crying loudly in the next room.’
    • ‘Some one belonging to each of us could be the next accident victim in need of a transfusion.’
    • ‘As we laid our flower and moved away to make space for the next person, tears welled up in most of us.’
    • ‘I think there is a need for the next bill on the Order Paper to receive its first reading.’
    • ‘You collect three of these cards, and you get a free large pizza with your next order.’
    • ‘When people move, they have to charge a high price for their house in order to afford their next home.’
    • ‘I have to be careful though, because I don't want to wake up my other flatmate in the next room.’
    • ‘The next chapter in Zorn's musical biography is also one of the most surprising.’
    • ‘And he revealed the household waste site in Ilkley was next on the list for refurbishment.’
    • ‘That, he says, is simply to avoid offending his hardworking colleagues in the next room.’
    • ‘There should be open cavities at either end to allow room for the next person's thoughts.’
    • ‘In the next room is a bed, three mattresses on the floor and a single shelf for their belongings.’
    • ‘Leon has his place in the next room, but I still miss Jewel being here so badly.’
    • ‘Ideas for a documentary film were next on the agenda and this threw up one or two suggestions which will be followed up.’
    • ‘Be sure to call to St Ita's Hall next Friday to place your order for the next batch.’
    • ‘The security used in such transactions is mainly the pledge, which is discussed in the next chapter.’
    following, succeeding, to come, upcoming
    neighbouring, adjacent, adjoining, next-door, bordering, abutting
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  • 1On the first or soonest occasion after the present; immediately afterwards:

    ‘he wondered what would happen next’
    ‘next, I heard the sound of voices’
    • ‘It's at this point where recollections of what happened next start to differ.’
    • ‘When they sent him a letter explaining what to do next it was in Welsh.’
    • ‘Euro 2008 might be good for Scotland, but would you use that as an excuse when next you dealt with the bank?’
    • ‘Spain and Portugal will be next followed by Italy and Croatia, Russia and China.’
    • ‘They'll be having us walk down to the canal with pots on our heads next.’
    • ‘However, you may care to bear the existence of this book in mind when next you need a present for a bookish friend.’
    • ‘But CJ tells me I have to be nice to him when he comes round to mow their lawns next.’
    • ‘The battalion was next engaged in Maltot where the fighting was non stop.’
    then, after that, after this, following that, following this, after, afterwards, after that time, later, at a later time, subsequently, at a subsequent time
    thereafter, thereupon
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  • 2[with superlative] Following in the specified order:

    ‘Jo was the next oldest after Martin’
    • ‘The link to go the the next oldest page of past reports has disappeared.’
    • ‘Some of these projects might never be completed, and no one can really say what will be the world's next tallest building for any length of time.’


  • The next person or thing:

    ‘the week after next’
    • ‘The next he heard a bump and saw a propeller flying away from the plane.’
    • ‘The next to appear was his on-and-off wife, but then she was taken out of the scene, brutally murdered.’
    • ‘To refer to the Monday in the week after next, the most common and well-understood usage is "a week from Monday."’
    • ‘One minute we are presented as the pride of the nation, the next we're all fair game for criticism again.’
    • ‘One moment this most voracious variety is knee high to your clematis, the next it is tickling your guttering.’
    • ‘One week the Beast can be the hero, the next he seems a pale shadow of the imposing presence he can - and should be.’


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  • Another:

    ‘every year sales down by a next ten per cent again’
    • ‘All of a sudden everybody just run off the stage and it's a next reggae artist.’
    • ‘What I'm trying to eradicate out of the Jamaica team and the West Indies team is people hiding behind people and playing in people's shadow and marvelling in a next one's success.’


  • next in line

    • Immediately below the present holder of a position in order of succession:

      ‘he is next in line to the throne’
      • ‘And the acceptance here really is that the prince of Wales is next in line, and that is the way it's going to be.’
      • ‘As Edward's nephew, but even more so as Edmund's son, he was next in line by blood to the succession.’
      • ‘It is likely to deprive the side of a key player and, with Vaughan doubtful, thrust a fresh burden on Andrew Flintoff, who is next in line to take over the captaincy.’
      • ‘Thus, his brother and his heirs would have been next in line.’
      • ‘Caroline is next in line, followed by Princess Stephanie.’
      • ‘Most prime ministers verge on the psychopathic in their desire to stay in power or at the very least destroy the chances of the next in line.’
      • ‘If O'Driscoll is ruled out, then D' Arcy's position becomes vacant and Anthony Horgan is next in line.’
      • ‘Under the Constitution, Prabowo pointed out, Habibie was next in line.’
      • ‘They feel that the job should have gone to a white male, long rumored to be next in line for the position.’
      • ‘Sources claimed the ad was really aimed at bypassing two senior officials next in line for the post, because of ethnicity.’
      successor, heiress, next in line, inheritor, heir apparent, heir presumptive, heir-at-law, descendant, beneficiary, legatee, scion
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  • next to

    • 1In or into a position immediately to one side of; beside:

      ‘we sat next to each other’
      • ‘The boy sat to the right side of her and the blond boy sat next to him looking very scared.’
      • ‘Position this next to a north facing window with a net curtain between the plant and the glass.’
      • ‘Anna sighed audibly beside me, and I wondered exactly why I sat next to her in this class.’
      • ‘They stayed like that for a while, then the mother moved over so they could sit next to each other.’
      • ‘As she sat there, an elderly woman came and sat on the bench next to her, causing her to shift position and look up.’
      • ‘Then there are the extending sun blinds that pull out from the side doors next to the windows.’
      • ‘She'd be sitting next to the speaker, listening to Kiri Te Kanawa, eating peaches and cream.’
      • ‘Misunderstood by his owners, he chose to wander to our side of the yard and sit next to me on the back step.’
      • ‘At one point outside the pavilion I was sat next to five other players in our side who were all aged under 18.’
      • ‘Position the meter next to the phone, and measure the signal with and without the card.’
      beside, next door to, alongside, at the side of, by the side of, abreast of, by, adjacent to, cheek by jowl with, side by side with
      close to, near, nearest to, neighbouring, adjoining, abutting
      connected to, connecting with, contiguous with, attached to
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    • 2Following in order or importance:

      ‘next to buying a new wardrobe, nothing lifts the spirits like a new hairdo!’
      • ‘Next to getting healthy, going green is the number one thing on everyone's mind.’
      • ‘Purchasing a vehicle is the second biggest purchase a woman is likely to make next to buying a home.’
      beside, besides, following, nearest to, below, immediately inferior to
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    • 3Almost:

      ‘I knew next to nothing about farming’
      • ‘We could have ordered scores of Playstation and Dreamcast titles for next to nothing.’
      • ‘The motorway and bridge were closed as billowing smoke left visibility on the road at next to nothing.’
      • ‘If it keeps depreciating at current levels by the time we reach 2050 it will be worth next to nothing.’
      • ‘They promise a percentage of a big transfer, but the player receives next to nothing.’
      • ‘Proving exact amounts of damage caused by an given virus is also next to impossible.’
      • ‘This was typical, for them, as they had done next to nothing during the past few days.’
      • ‘It would also be next to impossible to leave the train quickly in an emergency.’
      • ‘I know it's next to impossible, but if there was, someone would get the sack at Sky.’
      • ‘Whatever may be the reason, to abandon the serial seems to be next to impossible.’
      • ‘The fight against flood devastation in Mozambique is next to impossible without more help.’
      almost, nearly, just about, about, more or less, practically, virtually, all but, as good as, close to, near, nigh on, to all intents and purposes, approaching, bordering on, verging on, nearing
      very small sum, pittance, trifle, flea-bite, trifling sum, drop in the ocean, insignificant sum, derisory sum, paltry sum
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    • 4In comparison with:

      ‘next to her I felt like a fraud’
      • ‘The fanatics, dare I say it, were quite pacific next to those who guarded money and property.’
      • ‘Compared with Spain it is garbage, next to Italy it is humble and alongside Germany it stands as an equal.’
  • the next world

    • (according to some religious beliefs) the place where one goes after death.

      • ‘And if you understand karma, you know that if people don't get it back in this world, they're going to get it back in the next world.’
      • ‘While the road to salvation may be familiar, its ultimate destination these days has shifted: from the next world to this one, from a spiritual heaven to a personal one.’
      • ‘Each believes that if he could kill the other, his path to paradise in the next world would be even swifter.’
      • ‘When we have few things, we make the next world luxurious.’
      • ‘Circling villages was believed to bring good fortune, to heal problems, and chill out the spirits of angry relatives who had died and passed into the next world.’
      • ‘The presence of food in a tomb, however, is a pretty clear indication that its occupant is expected to have a chance to take a snack after death, in the next world, and thus points to some kind of religious belief.’
      • ‘This is one of those programs that demonstrates eternal life is not just a religious hope for the next world but a fact in this one.’
      • ‘People still recall that it marks the passing on to the next world of Tsong-Kha-Pa, the great religious reformer.’
      • ‘They were often mummified - and, sometimes, mice were also entombed with the cats, to keep them well-fed on their metaphorical journey to the next world.’
      • ‘Because they explained to me that life here is just a pathway to life in the next world.’
      the hereafter, life after death, the afterlife, the life to come, the afterworld, the beyond
      immortality, eternity, heaven, paradise
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  • what next (or whatever next)

    • Used to express surprise or amazement:

      ‘‘Blunt instruments! Murder! Whatever next?’’
      • ‘The opposition success is good news for the coalition, but what next?’
      • ‘There's even talk that junior ministers might have to start sharing limousines - whatever next?’
      • ‘After you went through the oh-no phase, what next?’
      • ‘Best Actor award for ‘Indra’ and ‘Anji’ set for January release, what next?’
      • ‘Oh my God, lawyers being paid to lobby, what next?’
      • ‘First earthquakes now mini-tornadoes, dare I say what next?’
      • ‘Now we are told that salt could be damaging to health - what next?’
      • ‘Fancy stopping the train to pick up passengers - whatever next?’
      • ‘But, nonetheless, I think everybody at that point was really looking for leadership - what next?’
      • ‘When he said Poppy's tree had been stolen I was relieved the dogs were ok, then I just thought with all we have been through, whatever next?’


Old English nēhsta ‘nearest’, superlative of nēah ‘nigh’; compare with Dutch naast and German nächste.