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adjective, pronoun uk   /nekst/ us  
A1 being the first one after the present one or after the one just mentioned: Who works in the office next to yours? Take the next turning on the right. Who do you think will be the next president? Nothing really changes around here. One day is pretty much like the next. (The) next time you want to borrow something, please ask me first. I'm so busy it's hard to remember what I'm supposed to be doing from one moment to the next. She's on holiday for the next few days. You'll have to wait until your next birthday for a new bike. Can we arrange a meeting for the week after next? What do you think you'll be doing this time next year? We had a dreadful argument, but he phoned me the next day (= the day after) to apologize. Excuse me, it's my turn to be served - I was next.Order and sequenceSimultaneous and consecutive


adverb uk   /nekst/ us  
A2 immediately after: So what happened next? What would you like next? First, fry the garlic. Next, add the ginger.Before, after and alreadyAfter and behind B1 The time when you next do something is the first time you do it again: [+ -ing verb] When are you next going to London?Before, after and alreadyAfter and behind next to A2 used when describing two people or things that are very close to each other with nothing between them: Can I sit next to the window? There was a really strange man standing next to me at the station.Next to and beside used to mean `after' when making a choice or a comparison: Cheese is my favourite food and, next to that, chocolate. (= Cheese is the only food that I like more than chocolate.)Comparing and contrasting almost: They pay me next to nothing (= very little) but I really enjoy the work. It's next to impossible (= extremely difficult) to find somewhere cheap to live in the city centre. We got home in next to no time (= very little time).AlmostMerely and barely next up next in order to appear or happen, often in some form of entertainment: Next up on Channel 4 is the first episode of a new medical drama.Before, after and alreadyAfter and behind
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