Pronunciation: (nekst),[key] —adj. 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.
—adv. 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.
—prep. adjacent to; nearest: It's in the closet next the blackboard.