- 1(Of a time or season) coming immediately after the time of writing or speaking: we’ll go next year next week’s paradeMore example sentences
- UK Coal says it will make a decision on Selby's future within the next two months.
- I hope those who meet to consider York's future next month reflect on this salutary tale.
- This code provided the model for all subsequent regulations over the next four centuries.
- 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 nextMore example sentences
- The second semi-annual fair of the American Book Trade Association will be opened on Monday next in Clinton Hall, Astor place.
- Apple's next event is scheduled for March 6th, next Thursday.
- 1.2(Of an event or occasion) occurring directly in time after the present or most recent one, without anything of the same kind intervening: the next election next time I’ll bring a hatMore example sentences
- The next event was the big dinner at night organized by the Fellowship and the Centre.
- The next event is a French supper and cabaret night organised by the Twinning Society.
- The executive was pushing for an expiration date that coincided with the premiere of the next episode.
- 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 importanceMore example sentences
- Be sure to call to St Ita's Hall next Friday to place your order for the next batch.
- As we laid our flower and moved away to make space for the next person, tears welled up in most of us.
- You collect three of these cards, and you get a free large pizza with your next order.
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- 1On the first or soonest occasion after the present; immediately afterward: wondering what would happen next next, I heard the sound of voicesMore example sentences
- However, you may care to bear the existence of this book in mind when next you need a present for a bookish friend.
- Euro 2008 might be good for Scotland, but would you use that as an excuse when next you dealt with the bank?
- But CJ tells me I have to be nice to him when he comes round to mow their lawns next.
- 1.1 [with superlative] Following in the specified order: Joe was the next oldest after MartinMore example sentences
- 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.
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- The next person or thing: one moment he wasn’t there, the next he was the week after nextMore example sentences
- To refer to the Monday in the week after next, the most common and well-understood usage is "a week from Monday."
- The next to appear was his on-and-off wife, but then she was taken out of the scene, brutally murdered.
- The next he heard a bump and saw a propeller flying away from the plane.
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- Next to: he plodded along next himMore example sentences
- He peered at the dark shape next him.
- I learned this important bit of information through the friendliness of an entire stranger who sat next me at the counter of a large draper's shop.
- They all smile at me and I sit down in the space next Isabella who shifts over slightly giving me more room.
next in line
- Immediately below the present holder of a position in order of succession: he is next in line to the throneMore example sentences
- They feel that the job should have gone to a white male, long rumored to be next in line for the position.
- If O'Driscoll is ruled out, then D' Arcy's position becomes vacant and Anthony Horgan is next in line.
- Thus, his brother and his heirs would have been next in line.
- 1In or into a position immediately to one side of; beside: we sat next to each otherMore example sentences
- At one point outside the pavilion I was sat next to five other players in our side who were all aged under 18.
- Misunderstood by his owners, he chose to wander to our side of the yard and sit next to me on the back step.
- As she sat there, an elderly woman came and sat on the bench next to her, causing her to shift position and look up.
- 2Following in order or importance: next to buying a whole new wardrobe, nothing lifts the spirits quite like a new hairdo!More example sentences
- 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.
- 3Almost: Charles knew next to nothing about farmingMore example sentences
- 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.
- 4In comparison with: next to her I felt like a fraudMore example sentences
- Compared with Spain it is garbage, next to Italy it is humble and alongside Germany it stands as an equal.
- The fanatics, dare I say it, were quite pacific next to those who guarded money and property.
the next world
- (According to some religious beliefs) the place where one goes after death.More example sentences
- 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.
- Each believes that if he could kill the other, his path to paradise in the next world would be even swifter.
- An expression of surprise or amazement.More example sentences
- 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?
- Fancy stopping the train to pick up passengers - whatever next?
- There's even talk that junior ministers might have to start sharing limousines - whatever next?
Old English nēhsta 'nearest', superlative of nēah 'nigh'; compare with Dutch naast and German nächste.