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1. Bordering; alongside of. The car next to mine has an obscene sticker on the window. I loved living next to a farm as a kid; I could go and see the animals whenever I wanted.
2. Coming next in order or degree. I've always been next to Jeff in height. My person is my baby sister, next to my mommy and daddy of course.
3. Almost; very nearly. This class was useless; I've learned next to nothing! It will be next to impossible to find a suitable candidate in time.
next to someone or something
near to someone or something; adjacent to someone or something. I live next to a bank. Please sit next to me.
1. Adjacent to, as in The car next to mine has a flat tire, [Late 1300s]
2. Following in order or degree, as in Next to skiing, she likes hiking. [Early 1500s]
3. Almost, practically, as in It's next to impossible to predict the outcome, or I earned next to nothing last year. [Second half of 1600s]
1. Adjacent to: the car next to hers.
2. Following in order or degree: Next to skiing, she likes hiking.
3. Almost; practically: next to impossible.