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An apple next to a book (1)
An apple next to a book (1)

    Definition of next to in English Dictionary

  • Adverb
    1. IDI Almost; nearly.
      1. It is next to impossible to get him to admit it, but he writes very well.
  • Preposition
    1. Beside; alongside.
      1. Do you mind if I sit next to you? ‎
    2. Immediately following or preceding in a sequence; just subsequent or previous.
      1. When you start the next to the last roll, get some more paper. ‎
    3. Compared to.
      1. As the world's drug habit shows, governments are failing in their quest to monitor every London window-box and Andean hillside for banned plants. But even that Sisyphean task looks easy next to the fight against synthetic drugs.
  • More Examples
    1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
      • Is that a see-through grid by Alan Shields next to the jacquardlike abstraction by Jay Heikes?
      • A point hath no dimensions, but only a whereness, and is next to nothing. — Grew.
      • The most intriguing evidence is right next to Stonehenge itself — three big post holes that held tall totemlike timber poles.
    2. Used in the Beginning of Sentence
      • Next to sorrow still I may annex such accidents as procure fear; for besides those terrors which I have before touched, [ …] there is a superstitious fear [ …] which much trouble many of us.
  • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
    1. Prepositions
    Related Links:
    1. en next to last
    2. en next to nothing
    Source: Wiktionary
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    Meaning of next to for the defined word.

    Grammatically, this idiom "next to" is a preposition.
    Definiteness: Level 4
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