next1 W1S1 [nekst] determiner, adj
1.) the next event, day, time etc is the one that happens after the present one, or the previous one
I just missed my flight to Chicago. When's the next one?
We'll look at the proposals at the next meeting.
Over the next couple of months, try to relax more and get more exercise.
next week/year/Monday etc
We're hoping to open the factory some time next year.
the next day/week etc
(=on or during the following day, week etc)
She called me and we arranged to meet the next day.
(the) next time
Next time I go skiing, I'll wear warmer clothes.
2.) the next house, room, place etc is the one that is nearest to where you are now
Turn left at the next corner.
We could hear them arguing in the next room.
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3.) the next person or thing in a list, series etc comes after the one that you are dealing with now
Read the next two chapters before Friday.
Do they have the next size up (=a slightly bigger size) ?
4.) next biggest/most common etc
almost as big, more common etc than the one you are talking about
Cancer-related diseases are the next biggest killers.
5.) the next best thing
the thing or situation that is almost as good as the one you really want
If I can't be home for Christmas, phoning you on the day is the next best thing.
6.) the next thing I/she etc knew informal
used when something surprising happens very suddenly
The next thing I knew, I was lying face down on the pavement.
7.) as the next man/person
as any other man or person
I am as keen to do well as the next man.
next 2
next2 W1S1 adv
1.) immediately afterwards
With John here, you never know what will happen next.
Next, put it in the oven for 20 minutes.
2.) the next time
When I next saw her she completely ignored me.
next 3
next3 pron
1.) the person or thing in a list, series etc that comes after the person or thing you are dealing with now
What's next on the shopping list?
the next to do sth
Who will be the next to go?
2.) the day/week etc after next
the day, week etc that follows the next one
Have you remembered it's Susie's birthday the week after next?
3.) the next to last
the one before the last one
the next to last day of their visit
4.) next (please)
used to tell someone that it is now their turn to speak or their turn to do something
5.) be next in line
to be the next person, especially to have a job or position

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