Pronunciation: (nekst), [key]
1. immediately following in time, order, importance, etc.: the next day; the next person in line.
2. nearest or adjacent in place or position: the next room.
3. nearest in relationship or kinship.
4. next door to,
a. in an adjacent house, apartment, office, etc.; neighboring.
b. in a position of proximity; near to: They are next door to poverty.
5. next to,
a. adjacent to: He sat next to his sister.
b. almost; nearly: next to impossible.
c. aside from: Next to cake, ice cream is my favorite dessert.
1. in the place, time, importance, etc., nearest or immediately following: We're going to London next. This is my next oldest daughter.
2. on the first occasion to follow: when next we meet.
3. get next to (someone), Informal.to get into the favor or good graces of; become a good friend of.
adjacent to; nearest: It's in the closet next the blackboard.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.