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adverb     /nekst/
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 Grammar:NextNext is an adjective, an adverb or a pronoun.See moreGrammar:Next as an adjectiveSee moreGrammar:Next as an adverb[a group of children are waiting to ride a pony]See moreGrammar:Next as a linking adjunctWe can use next as a linking adjunct to refer to something which follows immediately after something before. We often use this when giving instructions:See moreGrammar:Next as a pronounWe can use next as a pronoun with or without the:See moreGrammar:Next toWe can use next to for people or things that are very near or beside each other:See moreGrammar:Next: typical errorSee moreGrammar:Nearest or next?Nearest is the superlative form of near. It means ‘the closest in distance or time’:See more
(Definition of next adverb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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