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1. Nearest in space or position; adjacent: the next room.
2. Immediately following, as in time, order, or sequence: next week; the next item on the list.
1. In the time, order, or place nearest or immediately following: reading this book next; our next oldest child.
2. On the first subsequent occasion: when next I write.
The next person or thing: The next will be better.
next to
1. Adjacent to: the car next to hers.
2. Following in order or degree: Next to skiing, she likes hiking.
3. Almost; practically: next to impossible.

[Middle English nexte, from Old English nīehsta, nēhst, superlative of nēah, near.]


1. immediately following: the next patient to be examined; do it next week.
2. immediately adjoining: the next room.
3. closest to in degree: the tallest boy next to James; the next-best thing.
4. the next but one the one after the next
5. at a time or on an occasion immediately to follow: the patient to be examined next; next, he started to unscrew the telephone receiver.
6. next to
a. adjacent to; at or on one side of: the house next to ours.
b. following in degree: next to your mother, who do you love most?.
c. almost: next to impossible.
archaic next to
[Old English nēhst, superlative of nēah nigh; compare near, neighbour]



1. immediately following in time, order, importance, etc.: the next day.
2. nearest in place or position: the next room.
3. in the place, time, order, etc., nearest or immediately following: We're going to London next. This is my next oldest daughter.
4. on the first occasion to follow: when next we meet.
5. adjacent to; nearest: the closet next the blackboard.
1. next door to,
a. in a house, apartment, office, etc., adjacent to.
b. next to; verging on.
2. next to,
a. adjacent to: Sit next to me.
b. almost; nearly: next to impossible.
c. aside from: Next to me, you're the best.
[before 900; Middle English next(e), Old English niehst, superlative of nēah nigh (see -est1)]


Next is usually used for saying when something will happen. It can also be used for talking about the position of something, either physically, or in a list or series.

1. talking about the future

You use next in front of words such as week, month, or year to say when something will happen. For example, if it is Wednesday and something is going to happen on Monday, you can say that it will happen next week.

I'm getting married next month.
I don't know where I will be next year.

Be Careful!
Don't use 'the' or a preposition in front of next. Don't say, for example, that something will happen 'the next week' or 'in the next week'.

You can also use next without 'the' or a preposition in front of weekend or in front of the name of a season, month, or day of the week.

You must come and see us next weekend.
He'll be seventy-five next April.
Let's have lunch together next Wednesday.

Be Careful!
Don't say that something will happen 'next day'. Say that it will happen tomorrow. Similarly, don't say that something will happen 'next morning', 'next afternoon', 'next evening', or 'next night'. Say that it will happen tomorrow morning, tomorrow afternoon, tomorrow evening, or tomorrow night.

Can we meet tomorrow at five?
I'm going down there tomorrow morning.

Be Careful!
You don't usually use 'next' to refer to a day in the same week. For example, if it is Monday and you intend to ring someone in four days' time, don't say 'I will ring you next Friday'. You say 'I will ring you on Friday'.

He's going camping on Friday.

If you want to make it completely clear that you are talking about a day in the same week, you use this.

The film opens this Thursday at various cinemas in London.

Similarly, you can say that something will happen this weekend.

I might be able to go skiing this weekend.

Use the next to refer to any period of time measured forward from the present. For example, if it is July 2nd and you want to say that something will happen between now and July 23rd, you say that it will happen in the next three weeks or during the next three weeks.

Mr MacGregor will make the announcement in the next two weeks.
Plans will be finalized during the next few months.
2. talking about the past

When you are talking about the past and you want to say that something happened on the day after events that you have been describing, you say that it happened the next day or the following day.

I telephoned the next day and made a complaint.
The following day I went to speak at a conference in Scotland.

Next, the next, and the following can also be used in front of morning.

Next morning he began to work.
The next morning, a letter arrived for me.
The following morning he checked out of the hotel.

However, in front of afternoon, evening, or the name of a day of the week you normally only use the following.

I arrived at the village the following afternoon.
He was supposed to start the following Friday.
3. talking about physical position

You use next to to say that someone or something is by the side of a person or object.

She sat next to him.
There was a lamp next to the bed.

If you talk about the next room, you mean a room that is separated by a wall from the one you are in.

I can hear my husband talking in the next room.

Similarly, if you are in a theatre or a bus, the next seat is a seat by the side of the one that you are sitting in.

The girl in the next seat was looking at him with interest.

You can use next like this with a few other nouns, for example desk, bed, or compartment.

Be Careful!
However, don't use 'next' simply to say that a particular thing is the closest one. Don't say, for example, 'They took him to the next hospital'. You say 'They took him to the nearest hospital'.

The nearest town is Brompton.
The nearest beach is 15 minutes' walk away.
4. talking about a list or series

The next one in a list or series is the one that comes immediately after the one you have been talking about.

Let's go on to the next item on the agenda.

In British English, the next thing but one in a list or series is the one that comes after the next one.

The next entry but one is another recipe.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: - immediately following in time or order; "the following day"; "next in line"; "the next president"; "the next item on the list"
succeeding - coming after or following - nearest in space or positionnext - nearest in space or position; immediately adjoining without intervening space; "had adjacent rooms"; "in the next room"; "the person sitting next to me"; "our rooms were side by side"
close - at or within a short distance in space or time or having elements near each other; "close to noon"; "how close are we to town?"; "a close formation of ships" - (of elected officers) elected but not yet serving; "our next president"
incoming - arriving at a place or position; "incoming class"; "incoming mail" - at the time or occasion immediately following; "next the doctor examined his back"


1. following, later, succeeding, subsequent I caught the next available flight.
2. adjacent, closest, nearest, neighbouring, adjoining The man in the next chair was asleep.
1. afterwards, then, later, following, subsequently, thereafter I don't know what to do next.
next to beside, by, near, close to, alongside, next door to, adjacent to, at the side of, abreast of, cheek by jowl with The car was parked in the small weedy lot next to the hotel.


1. Sharing a common boundary:
2. Occurring right after another:
التّاليبَعد ذلك، بَعْدَتَالٍتالٍتالٍ، مُجاوِر
næstederefterlige efter
næsturnæstnæst, næsti
antras pagal amžiųantras pagal didumąantras pagal gerumąeinantis pokaimynystėje
nākošaispēc tam
nestenestemannsom nesteved siden avattmed
bir sonrakigelecekondan hemen sonrasonrakiyakın
tiếp sau


1. (of time, in future) → próximo; (in past) → siguiente
he retires next Januaryse jubila el enero próximo
the next five days will be cruciallos próximos cinco días serán decisivos
the next five days were very busylos cinco días siguientes fueron muy ajetreados
next month/year (in future) → el mes/año que viene, el mes/año próximo, el mes/año entrante (esp LAm)
the next month/year (in past) → el mes/año siguiente
(the) next day/morningal día/a la mañana siguiente
unemployment is predicted to fall both this year and nextse prevé que el desempleo disminuirá este año y el próximo or el siguiente
she'll have been gone six months next Fridayel viernes que viene or el viernes próximo hará seis meses que se marchó
on 4th May next (frm) → el 4 de mayo próximo
the week after nextla semana que viene no or la semana próxima no, la siguiente
he died ten years ago next weekla semana que viene or la semana próxima hará diez años que murió or se cumplen diez años de su muerte
the next thing I knew he was gonecuando me quise dar cuenta se había ido
this time next weekla semana que viene a estas horas
this time next yearel año que viene por estas fechas
next timela próxima vez
(the) next time you see himla próxima vez que lo veas
from one moment/day to the nextde un momento/día para otro
see also moment 1
2. (of order) → próximo, siguiente
I get out at the next stopme bajo en la próxima or siguiente parada
who's next?¿a quién le toca ahora?, ¿quién sigue?
I'm/you're nextme/te toca (a mí/ti)
next please!¡el siguiente por favor!
she was next or the next person to arriveella fue la próxima or siguiente en llegar
I'm as much against violence as the next person, butestoy tan en contra de la violencia como cualquiera, pero ...
he's next after mees el primero después de
it's the next road but onees la segunda calle después de ésta
the next lifela otra vida
on the next pageen la siguiente página
the next size up/down (in clothes) → una talla más grande/más pequeña; (in shoes) → un número más grande/más pequeño
3. (= adjacent)
next door(en la casa de) al lado
next door's dogel perro de (los vecinos de) al lado
I went next door to the bathroomfui al baño que estaba (en el cuarto de) al lado
(the) next door but oneno la puerta de al lado, sino la siguiente
next door toal lado de
we live next door to each othervivimos uno al lado del otro
I live next door to hervivo en la casa de al lado de la suya or contigua a la suya
the next housela casa de al lado
I could hear them talking in the next roomles oía hablar en el cuarto de al lado
she lives in the next street to mevive en la calle contigua a la mía
the girl/boy next doorla hija/el hijo del vecino
1. (in past) → después, luego
what did he do next?¿qué hizo después or luego?
when I next saw himcuando lo volví a ver
I next saw him in Romela siguiente vez que lo vi fue en Roma
2. (in future) what do we do next?¿y ahora qué hacemos?
next we put the salt ina continuación or ahora añadimos la sal
when you next see him; when next you see himcuando lo vuelvas a ver, la próxima vez que lo veas
whatever next!¡lo que faltaba!
3. (of place, order) who's the next tallest boy?¿quién le sigue en altura?
the next smaller sizela talla más pequeña a continuación de ésta
it's the next best thing to having your own swimming poolsi no puedes tener tu propia piscina, esto es lo mejor
what comes next?¿qué viene ahora?, ¿qué sigue?
4. next to
4.1. (= beside) → al lado de
his room is next to minesu habitación está al lado de la mía
I was sitting next to herestaba sentada a su lado
to wear silk next to one's skinllevar seda en contacto directo con la piel
4.2. (= after) → después de
next to Spain, what country do you like best?¿después de España, cuál es tu país preferido?
4.3. (= compared to) → al lado de
next to her I felt totally ineptal lado de ella, me sentía totalmente inútil
4.4. (= second) he finished the race next to lastterminó la carrera en el penúltimo lugar
the next to last rowla penúltima fila
4.5. (= almost) → casi
it's next to impossiblees casi imposible
I know next to nothing about computersno sé casi nada de ordenadores, sé poquísimo de ordenadores
we got it for next to nothinglo conseguimos por poquísimo dinero
C. CPD next of kin Nfamiliar(es) m(pl) más cercano(s), pariente(s) m(pl) más cercano(s)


(in future time)prochain(e); [flight, train, bus] → prochain(e); [week, month, year, time] → prochain(e); [meeting, bus stop] → prochain(e)
Who will be the next prime minister? → Qui sera le prochain Premier ministre?
I may vote for her at the next election → Je voterai peut-être pour elle aux prochaines élections.
the next flight → le prochain vol
next Saturday → samedi prochain
I've got a meeting next Friday → J'ai une réunion vendredi prochain.
next week → la semaine prochaine
next summer → l'été prochain
next year → l'année prochaine
I'm getting married next year → Je me marie l'année prochaine.
the next day → le lendemain
The next five weeks will be very important → Les cinq prochaines semaines seront très importantes.
The next five years are of vital importance → Les cinq prochaines années sont d'une importance vitale.
next time → la prochaine fois
Next time, be a bit more careful! → La prochaine fois, fais un peu plus attention!
Next time, don't be in such a hurry! → La prochaine fois, ne sois pas si pressé!
the next time (that) → la prochaine fois que
the next time you see her → la prochaine fois que tu la verras
(in past time) (= following) → suivant(e)
The next train was cancelled → Le train suivant fut annulé.
the next week → la semaine suivante
The next five days were a nightmare → Les cinq jours suivants furent un cauchemar.
next time → la fois suivante
Next time, he was ready for them → La fois suivante, il les attendait.
the next morning → le lendemain matin
the next day → le lendemain
The next day we visited Versailles → Le lendemain nous avons visité Versailles.
the next thing I knew → et tout à coup
The next thing I knew, I was in hospital → Et tout à coup, je me retrouvais à l'hôpital.
[seat, room] → d'à côté
the next room → la pièce d'à côté
[page, chapter] → suivant(e)
"turn to the next page" → "voir page suivante"
(in queue)suivant(e)
the next person in the queue → la personne suivante dans la queue
next please! → au suivant!
who's next? → c'est à qui?
(+ superlative) the next best thing → ce qui s'en rapproche le plus
The one thing he didn't have was a son. He felt that a grandson was the next best thing → Une chose qu'il n'avait pas, c'était un fils. Il a pensé qu'un petit-fils était ce qui s'en rapprochait le plus.
the next largest category → la deuxième catégorie en importance
(= again) [visit] → à nouveaulorsque je visiterai Perth à nouveau, lorsque je reviendrai à Perth
When do we meet next? → Quand nous réunissons-nous à nouveau?
when she next met Paul → lorsqu'elle a revu Paul
I next saw him at his house → Je l'ai revu chez lui., La fois suivante je l'ai vu chez lui.
when I next see him → la prochaine fois que je le verrai, quand je le reverrai
when next I saw him → lorsque je l'ai revu
(= after this) → ensuite
What shall I do next? → Qu'est-ce que je fais ensuite?
What happened next? → Qu'est-ce qui s'est passé ensuite?
The audience does not know what is going to happen next → Le public ne sait pas ce qui va se passer ensuite.
to be next → venir ensuite
The news is next
BUT Tout de suite, les informations.
(= then) → puis
Allow the sauce to cool. Next, add the parsley → Laissez la sauce refroidir puis, ajoutez le persil.
(giving directions)
It's next on the left → C'est la prochaine à gauche
next to prep (= beside) → à côté de
next to the bank → à côté de la banque
She went and sat next to him → Elle vint s'asseoir à côté de lui.
to be next to each other → être l'un à côté de l'autre
next to prep (= almost) [impossible] → quasi
next to nothing → presque rien, quasiment rien
I know next to nothing about him → Je ne sais presque rien sur lui., Je ne sais quasiment rien sur lui.
It costs next to nothing to fly to New York → Un vol pour New York ne coûte presque rien or quasiment rien., Ça ne coûte presque rien or quasiment rien d'aller à New York en avion.
the week after next → dans deux semaines
to be the next to do sth → être le prochain à faire qch(la)(e)
I don't want to be the next to go → Je ne veux pas être le prochain à partir.
(in directions) the next on the right [street] → la prochaine à droite
the next on the left [street] → la prochaine à gauche
Take the next on the right, then the second on the left → Prenez la prochaine à droite et ensuite, la deuxième à door
adv [live] → à côté
They live next door → Ils habitent à côté.
the people next door → les gens d'à côté
the family next door → la famille d'à côté
The neighbours thought the family next door had moved → Les voisins pensaient que la famille d'à côté avait déménagé.
to go next door → aller à côté
adj [room, office] → d'à côté next door neighbournext door neighbour nvoisin(e) m/f d'à côté
my next door neighbour → mon voisin d'à côté
Our next door neighbour dropped by to say hello → Notre voisine d'à côté est passée dire door's adjd'à côté
That's next door's alarm → C'est l'alarme d'à côté.
next door's dog → le chien d'à côténext of kin nparent m le plus proche
We have notified their next of kin → Nous avons avisé leurs proches.
"next of kin" (on forms)"nom et prénom de votre plus proche parent"


(in place) → nächste(r, s); next (Comput: command) → weiter
(in time) → nächste(r, s); come back next week/Tuesdaykommen Sie nächste Woche/nächsten Dienstag wieder; he came back the next day/weeker kam am nächsten Tag/in der nächsten Woche wieder; (the) next time I see himwenn ich ihn das nächste Mal sehe; (the) next moment he was goneim nächsten Moment war er weg; from one moment to the nextvon einem Moment zum anderen; this time next weeknächste Woche um diese Zeit; the year after nextübernächstes Jahr; the week after nextübernächste Woche; the next day but oneder übernächste Tag
(order) → nächste(r, s); who’s next?wer ist der Nächste?; you’re nextSie sind dran (inf)or an der Reihe; next please!der Nächste bitte!; I come next after youich bin nach Ihnen an der Reihe or dran (inf); I knew I was the next person to speakich wusste, dass ich als Nächster sprechen sollte; I’ll ask the very next person (I see)ich frage den Nächsten(, den ich sehe); my name is next on the listmein Name kommt als nächster auf der Liste; the next but oneder/die/das Übernächste; the next thing to do is (to) polish itals Nächstes poliert man (es); the next thing I knew I …bevor ich wusste, wie mir geschah, … ich …; (after fainting etc) → das Nächste, woran ich mich erinnern kann, war, dass ich …; the next size up/downdie nächstkleinere/nächstgrößere Größe
(= the next time)das nächste Mal; (= afterwards)danach; what shall we do next?und was sollen wir als Nächstes machen?; when shall we meet next?wann treffen wir uns wieder or das nächste Mal?; a new dress! what next?ein neues Kleid? sonst noch was?; whatever next? (in surprise) → Sachen gibts! (inf); (despairingly) → wo soll das nur hinführen?
next to somebody/somethingneben jdm/etw; (with motion) → neben jdn/etw; the next to last rowdie vorletzte Reihe; he was next to laster war der Vorletzte; the next to bottom shelfdas vorletzte Brett, das zweitunterste Brett; next to the skin(direkt) auf der Haut; next to nothing/nobodyso gut wie nichts/niemand; next to impossiblenahezu unmöglich; I kept it next to my heart (most important thing) → es lag mir am meisten am Herzen; (dearest thing) → es war mir das Liebste; next to uselesspraktisch wertlos
the next bestder/die/das Nächstbeste; this is the next best thingdas ist das Nächstbeste; the next tallest/oldest boy (= second in order)der zweitgrößte/zweitälteste Junge; she is my next best friendsie ist meine zweitbeste Freundin
nNächste(r) mf; (= child)Nächste(s) nt
prep (old)neben (+dat)


1. adj
a. (immediately adjoining, house, street, room) → vicino/a, accanto inv; (immediately following, bus stop, turning, in future) → prossimo/a; (in past) → successivo/a, (subito) dopo
"turn to the next page" → "vedi pagina seguente"
the next size (up) → la misura più grande
get off at the next stop → scendi alla prossima fermata
he got off at the next stop → è sceso alla fermata successiva
I arrived at 3 and Mary was next to arrive → io sono arrivato alle 3 e dopo di me è arrivata Mary
it's the next door but one on the right → è la seconda porta a destra
who's next? → a chi tocca?
you're next → tocca a lei
b. (in time, day, week, in future) → prossimo/a; (in past) → successivo/a
next time → la prossima volta
next year → l'anno prossimo or venturo
next month → il mese prossimo
the next month → il mese dopo or successivo
the week after next → fra due settimane
(the) next time you come → quando vieni la prossima volta, la prossima volta che vieni
this time next year → in questo periodo fra un anno
the next day → il giorno dopo, l'indomani
the next morning → l'indomani mattina, la mattina dopo or seguente
2. adv
a. (in time) → dopo, poi
first he opened his letters and next he read the paper → prima ha aperto la corrispondenza e dopo or poi ha letto il giornale
what will you do next? → e adesso che farai?
when you next see him → quando lo vedi la prossima volta, la prossima volta che lo vedi
when next I saw him → quando l'ho visto la volta dopo or una seconda volta
when do we meet next? → quando ci rincontriamo?
what comes next? → che cosa viene dopo?
what next? → e poi? (expressing surprise) → e che altro mai?
the next best thing would be ... → la migliore alternativa sarebbe...
the next to last → il/la penultimo/a
b. next to (nearly) → quasi, pressocché
next to nothing → quasi niente
we got it for next to nothing → non ci è costato quasi niente, l'abbiamo comprato per una sciocchezza
there is next to no news → non si sa quasi niente
3. prep next to (beside) → di fianco a, accanto a
his room is next to mine → la sua stanza è accanto alla mia
I don't like wearing synthetics next to the skin → non mi piacciono le fibre sintetiche a contatto della pelle
4. nprossimo/a
next please! → (avanti) il prossimo!
the next to speak is Carla → Carla è la prossima a parlare


(nekst) adjective
nearest in place, time etc. When you have called at that house, go on to the next one; The next person to arrive late will be sent away; Who is next on the list?
immediately after in place or time. John arrived first and Jane came next.
the person or thing nearest in place, time etc. Finish one question before you begin to answer the next; One minute he was sitting beside me – the next he was lying on the ground.
next best/biggest/oldest etc
the one immediately after the best, biggest, oldest etc. I can't go to Paris so London is the next best place.
next door adverb
in the next house. I live next door (to Mrs Smith).
next to
1. beside. She sat next to me.
2. closest to. In height, George comes next to me.
3. more or less; pretty well. His writing is next to illegible.


تَالٍ, تالٍ následující, potom derefter, næste danach, nächster ακολούθως, επόμενος luego, siguiente seuraava, seuraavaksi prochain, prochainement potom, sljedeći prossimo, successivamente 次に, 次の 다음에, 다음의 vervolgens, volgende deretter, neste następnie, następny depois, seguinte далее, следующий nästa ต่อไป, ที่จะตามมา bir sonraki, gelecek tiếp sau 下一次, 下次的


a. próximo-a, siguiente;
___ dooral lado;
___ of kinel pariente más cercano;
___ to nothingcasi nada;
The table is ___ to the bedLa mesa está al lado de la cama;
Who is ___ ?¿Quién es el, la ___?


adj próximo, siguiente; Next!..¡Él que sigue!; the — injection la próxima inyección
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