Near vs. Next

Near vs. Next — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Near and Next

Nearadjective

Physically close.

Nextadjective

in place or position, having nothing similar intervening; adjoining.

Nearadjective

Closely connected or related.

Nextadjective

(obsolete) Most direct, or shortest or nearest in distance or time.

Nearadjective

Close to one's interests, affection, etc.; intimate; dear.

a near friend

Nextadjective

Nearest in order, succession, or rank; immediately following (or sometimes preceding) in order.

the next chapter; the next man I see; the next week; the Sunday next before Easter
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Nearadjective

Close to anything followed or imitated; not free, loose, or rambling.

a version near to the original

Nextadjective

(figuratively) Following in a hypothetical sequence of some kind.

The man was driven by his love for money and his desire to become the next Bill Gates.

Nearadjective

So as barely to avoid or pass injury or loss; close; narrow.

a near escape

Nextadjective

Nearest in relationship. next of kin.}}

next friend

Nearadjective

(of an event) Approaching.

The end is near.

Nextdeterminer

The one immediately following the current or most recent one

Next week would be a good time to meet.I'll know better next time.
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Nearadjective

Approximate, almost.

The two words are near synonyms.

Nextdeterminer

Closest to seven days (one week) in the future.

The party is next Tuesday; that is, not tomorrow, but eight days from now.

Nearadjective

On the side nearest to the kerb (the left-hand side if one drives on the left).

The near front wheel came loose.

Nextadverb

In a time, place, rank or sequence closest or following.

They live in the next closest house.Next, we stripped off the old paint.Who is next after Henry gives his presentation?It's the next best thing to ice cream.

Nearadjective

(dated) Next to the driver, when he is on foot; (US) on the left of an animal or a team.

the near ox; the near leg

Nextadverb

On the first subsequent occasion.

Financial panic, earthquakes, oil spills, riots. What comes next?When we next meet, you'll be married.

Nearadjective

(obsolete) Immediate; direct; close; short.

Nextpreposition

On the side of; nearest or adjacent to; next to.

Nearadjective

Stingy; parsimonious.

Nextnoun

The one that follows after this one.

Next, please, don't hold up the queue!

Nearadverb

Having a small intervening distance with regard to something.

I'm near-sighted.

Nextadjective

nearest in space or position; immediately adjoining without intervening space;

had adjacent roomsin the next roomthe person sitting next to meour rooms were side by side

Nearadverb

(colloquial) nearly

Nextadjective

(of elected officers) elected but not yet serving;

our next president

Nearpreposition

Close to, in close proximity to.

There are habitable planets orbiting many of the stars near our Sun.

Nextadjective

immediately following in time or order;

the following daynext in linethe next presidentthe next item on the list

Nearpreposition

Close to in time.

The voyage was near completion.

Nextadverb

at the time or occasion immediately following;

next the doctor examined his back

Nearverb

move towards;

We were approaching our destinationThey are drawing nearThe enemy army came nearer and nearer

Nearadjective

not far distant in time or space or degree or circumstances;

near neighborsin the near futurethey are near equalshis nearest approach to successa very near thinga near hit by the bombshe was near tearsshe was close to tearshad a close call

Nearadjective

being on the left side;

the near or nigh horse is the one on the leftthe animal's left side is its near or nigh side

Nearadjective

closely resembling the genuine article;

near beera dress of near satin

Nearadjective

giving or spending with reluctance;

our cheeseparing administrationvery close (or near) with his moneya penny-pinching miserly old man

Nearadjective

with or in a close or intimate relationship;

a good friendmy sisters and brothers are near and dear

Nearadjective

very close in resemblance;

sketched in an approximate likenessa near likeness

Nearadverb

near in time or place or relationship;

as the wedding day drew nearstood near the doordon't shoot until they come neargetting near to the true explanationher mother is always nearThe end draws nighthe bullet didn't come closedon't get too close to the fire

Nearadverb

(of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; `near' is sometimes used informally for `nearly' and `most' is sometimes used informally for `almost';

the job is (just) about donethe baby was almost asleep when the alarm soundedwe're almost finishedthe car all but ran her downhe nearly faintedtalked for nigh onto 2 hoursthe recording is well-nigh perfectvirtually all the parties signed the contractI was near exhausted by the runmost everyone agrees