Next vs Belong - What's the difference?

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As adjectives the difference between next and belong

is that next is following in a sequence while belong is oblong.

As a determiner next

is the one immediately following the current or most recent one.

As an adverb next

is in a time, place or sequence closest or following.

As a preposition next

is on the side of; next to.

As a noun next

is the one that follows after this one.



Alternative forms

* (l) (dialectal) * (l) (Scotland)


  • Following in a sequence.
  • Being closer to the present location than all other items.
  • * , chapter=8
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=Philander went into the next room, which was just a lean-to hitched on to the end of the shanty, and came back with a salt mackerel that dripped brine like a rainstorm. Then he put the coffee pot on the stove and rummaged out a loaf of dry bread and some hardtack.}}
  • Nearest following (of date, time, space or order).
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-20, volume=408, issue=8845, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Out of the gloom , passage=[Rural solar plant] schemes are of little help to industry or other heavy users of electricity. Nor is solar power yet as cheap as the grid. For all that, the rapid arrival of electric light to Indian villages is long overdue. When the national grid suffers its next huge outage, as it did in July 2012 when hundreds of millions were left in the dark, look for specks of light in the villages.}}
  • (figuratively) Following in a hypothetical sequence of some kind.
  • *
  • Antonyms

    * previous * (closest to seven days ahead) last, this


    (en determiner)
  • 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.
  • Closest to seven days (one week) in the future.
  • The party is next Tuesday; that is, not this Tuesday, but nine days from now.


  • In a time, place or sequence closest or following.
  • They live in the next closest house.
    It's the next best thing to ice cream.
    Next , we stripped off the old paint.
  • On the first subsequent occasion,
  • Financial panic, earthquakes, oil spills, riots. What comes next ?
    When we next meet, you'll be married.


    * previously


    (English prepositions)
  • On the side of; next to.
  • * 1900 , The Iliad, edited, with apparatus criticus, prolegomena, notes, and appendices , translated by Walter Leaf (London, Macmillan), notes on line 558 of book 2:
  • The fact that the line cannot be original is patent from the fact that Aias in the rest of the Iliad is not encamped next the Athenians .


  • The one that follows after this one.
  • ''Next , please, don't hold up the queue!



    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) belongen, from .


    (en verb)
  • (label) To have its proper place.
  • # (label) To be accepted in a group.
  • # To be a part of a group.
  • To be part of, or the property of.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=2 , passage=Sunning himself on the board steps, I saw for the first time Mr. Farquhar Fenelon Cooke. He was dressed out in broad gaiters and bright tweeds, like an English tourist, and his face might have belonged to Dagon, idol of the Philistines.}}
  • *{{quote-book, year=1927, author= F. E. Penny
  • , chapter=4, title= Pulling the Strings , passage=A turban and loincloth soaked in blood had been found; also a staff. These properties were known to have belonged to a toddy drawer. He had disappeared.}}
  • To be the spouse or partner of. (rfex)
  • (followed by'' to''') To be an element of (a set). The symbol \in means '''''belongs to .
  • To be deserved by.
  • * (rfdate) (Ben Jonson)
  • More evils belong us than happen to us.
    Derived terms
    * belonging * belongingness

    Etymology 2

    Compare Kriol blanga'', Bislama ''blong'', Tok Pisin ''bilong'', and Torres Strait Creole ''blong .

    Alternative forms

    * blung * , belonga, blonga


    (English prepositions)
  • Of, belonging to.
  • * 1915, E. R. Masson, Untamed Territory
  • Jim Campbell, Charlie, Dick, ... Fred, lubra b’longa him, me, thass all.
  • * 1936, M. & E. Durack, Chunuma
  • By an’ bye ’im grow ’m up make ’m good fella stockman b’longta you.
  • * 1977, N. Kolig, Playing Alonga Mud
  • Those who had persevered with the course and had acquired some skill were now almost deferentially called ‘Maban (expert) belonga clay’.
  • * 1986, Kowanyama News, Dec.
  • Them two bin help’m too, and that father blung to this one old Frank.
  • * 1986, B. Shaw, Countrymen
  • There’s the bloke that’s kill that feller, uncle belong you an me.
  • * 1991, D. B. Rose, Hidden Histories
  • Get that fire [wood] stacked up like that tree there, that high ... It wasn’t wood belong to that fire pile. Might be for station, or somebody else, you know.