Meaning of “next” in the English Dictionary

"next" in British English

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nextadjective, pronoun

uk /nekst/ us /nekst/

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 street 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 minute to the next.
She's away 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 big argument, but he called me the next day (= the day after) to apologize.
Excuse me, it's my turn - I was next.

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uk /nekst/ us /nekst/

A2 immediately after:

So what happened next?
What would you like next?
First, fry the garlic. Next, add the ginger.

B1 The time when you next do something is the first time you do it again:

[ + -ing verb ] When are you next going to Toronto?
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 train station.

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.)


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 around here.
We got home in next to no time (= very little time).
next up

next in order to appear or happen, often in some form of entertainment:

Next up is the latest news from the presidential campaign .

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  • What shall we do next?
  • Next, we had some dancing.
  • Hanggliding? Whatever will he do next?
  • You've already made your first million dollars. What do you plan to do next?
  • I was curious to know what would happen next.

(Definition of “next” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"next" in American English

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nextpronoun, adjective [ not gradable ]

us /nekst/

being the first one after the present one or after the one just mentioned, or being the first after the present moment:

Go straight at the traffic light and then take the next right.
The next time you want to borrow my dress, ask me first.
She was next in line after me.
They’re getting married next week/month/year.
The next day/morning we left for Calgary.

nextadverb [ not gradable ]

us /nekst/

immediately following in time:

What happened next?
next to

Two people or things that are next to each other are very close to each other with nothing in between them:

My friend and I sat next to each other on the bus.
next to

Sometimes next to means almost:

They pay me next to nothing but I really enjoy the work.

(Definition of “next” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)