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  1. 1
    beside or very near to someone or something with no other person or thing in between

    Steve lives next to a lake, so we’ll be able to go swimming.

    She sat down next to me without a word.

    The baby sleeps in the room next to his parents.

  2. 2
    used for showing that you are not including the person or thing that is really the best, biggest, worst etc when you are making a comparison

    Next to John, Jamie is my best friend.

  3. 3
    when compared to someone or something

    Next to Tony, we’re all geniuses.

  4. 4
    used before negative words to mean ‘almost but not completely

    You can have the whole set for next to no cost.

    Even if we practise all week, it will be next to impossible to win.

    next to nothing:

    After the company closed, investors were left with next to nothing.

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a rainbow produced when water droplets in the air reflect light from the moon rather than the sun

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