The definition of next is just before or after.(adjective)
An example of next used as an adjective is in the phrase "next week," which means the week following this one.
Next is defined as in the space immediately before or after.(adverb)
An example of next used as an adverb is the phrase "when we next meet," which means the time that we meet again after this one.
Next means the one immediately following.(noun)
An example of next used as a noun is in the sentence, "He's the next in line," which means that he is following in line.
See next in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME nexte < OE neahst, niehst, superl. of neah, nigh
See next in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English nexte
Origin: , from Old English nīehsta, nēhst
Origin: , superlative of nēah, near.
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