The next period of time, event, person, or thing is the one that comes immediately after the present one or after the previous one.
I got up early the next morning.
...the next available flight...
You use next in expressions such as next Friday ,next day and next year to refer, for example, to the first Friday, day, or year that comes after the present or previous one.
Let's plan a big night next week...
He retires next January...
The next place or person is the one that is nearest to you or that is the first one that you come to.
Grace sighed so heavily that Trish could hear it in the next room...
The man in the next chair was asleep...
The thing that happens next is the thing that happens immediately after something else.
Next, close your eyes then screw them up tight...
I don't know what to do next...
When you next do something, you do it for the first time since you last did it.
I next saw him at his house in Berkshire...
When we next met, he was much more jovial.
You use next to say that something has more of a particular quality than all other things except one. For example, the thing that is next best is the one that is the best except for one other thing.
The one thing he didn't have was a son. I think he's felt that a grandson is the next best thing...
At least three times more daffodils are grown than in Holland, the next largest grower.
You use after next in expressions such as the week after next to refer to a period of time after the next one. For example, when it is May, the month after next is July.
...the party's annual conference, to be held in Bournemouth the week after next.
If you say that you do something or experience something as much as the next person, you mean that you are no different from anyone else in the respect mentioned.
I enjoy pleasure as much as the next person...
I'm as ambitious as the next man. I'd like to manage at the very highest level.
You can say the next thing I knew to suggest that a new situation which you are describing was surprising because it happened very suddenly.
I had leaned over to pick up some change, and the next thing I knew I felt this terrible pain in my ankle.
If one thing is next to another thing, it is at the other side of it.
She sat down next to him on the sofa.
...at the southern end of the Gaza Strip next to the Egyptian border...
You use next to in order to give the most important aspect of something when comparing it with another aspect.
Her children were the number two priority in her life next to her career...
Next to the expense of cashiers, pricing items is one of the costliest labor costs of grocery retailers.
You use next to before a negative, or a word that suggests something negative, to mean almost, but not completely.
Johnson still knew next to nothing about tobacco...
Most pre-prepared weight loss products are next to useless.