Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word


 - definitions and thesaurus

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

adjective, adverb, determiner, pronoun next pronunciation in American English /nekst/
Next is used in the following ways:
as a determiner (followed by a noun): I'll see you next week.
as an adjective: I'm leaving town on the next train. ♦ I didn't realize what had happened until the next day.
as a pronoun: You're the next in line. ♦ I'll be seeing him the week after next.
as an adverb: What happens next? ♦ After me, he's the next tallest boy in the class.
in the preposition phrase next to: Come sit next to me.
  1. 1
    used for referring to the time, event, action, person, etc. that comes after this one or after another one

    He said he was leaving for Rome the next day.

    Who will be the next president?

    The next flight to Newark isn't until 1:30.

    I'll call you the next time I'm in town.

    Who's next in line?

    I'll be busy this week and next.

    When I next spoke with him, he told me he had gotten married.

    I knew exactly what was going to happen next.

    First, peel the fruit. Next, prepare a chocolate sauce.

    the next few weeks/several months/five years etc.:

    Over the next few weeks I tried to re-organize the office.

    next Tuesday/week/year etc. (=the Tuesday, week, year, etc. that comes after this one):

    I'll see you next Friday.

    Local elections take place next May.

  2. 2
    used for referring to the place that is closest to where you are

    I could hear the sound of laughter in the next room.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of next
    1. a.
      used for referring to the first place that you come to when you continue moving

      This is Wilshire, the next big street is Santa Monica, and after that is Sunset.

      Get out at the next station.

      Synonyms and related words for this sense of next



web content which is specifically intended to make Facebook users click the 'Like' button associated with it

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary


the possibility of Greece leaving the Eurozone …

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog