If you do one thing, and then something else right afterward, you do it next. If you hear a game show host scream, "Come on down, you’re the next contestant," then you better get to the stage!

If you're standing in line for ice cream right behind the person ordering a large hot fudge sundae, you're next. Things happen next in terms of time when they occur immediately after: "First we'll eat the appetizer, and next we'll eat the entree." The Old English source is niehsta, "nearest or closest." Your "next door neighbor" lives in the house or apartment right beside yours.

Definitions of next
  1. adjective
    immediately following in time or order
    next in line”
    “the next president”
    “the next item on the list”
    synonyms: following
    coming after or following
  2. adjective
    nearest in space or position; immediately adjoining without intervening space
    “in the next room”
    “the person sitting next to me”
    synonyms: adjacent, side by side
    at or within a short distance in space or time or having elements near each other
  3. adjective
    (of elected officers) elected but not yet serving
    “our next president”
    synonyms: future, succeeding
    arriving at a place or position
  4. adverb
    at the time or occasion immediately following
    next the doctor examined his back”
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