Now vs Next - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between now and next

is that now is new moon while next is the one that follows after this one.

As an adjective next is

following in a sequence.

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.



(wikipedia now)


  • Present; current.
  • * 17th C , , Scepsis Scientifica: Or, Confest Ignorance, the Way to Science; in an Essay of the Vanity of Dogmatizing and Confident Opinion , 1885, page 207,
  • Defects seem as necessary to our now happiness as their Opposites.
  • * 1855 , Conrad Swackhamer, The United States democratic review , Volume 5?,
  • The history of the infant colonies teaches us that the country comprised within the limits of the now United States of America was originally patented in the reign of James I., of England, into two portions:'' that in less than eighty years from that period, the same was again divided into ''twelve'' distinct provinces; a ''thirteenth being after added in the creation of the State of Georgia.
  • * 1908 , The English reports ,
  • Where in assumpsit for money lent, the defendant pleaded that in an action in which the now' defendant was plaintiff, and the ' now plaintiff was defendant,.
  • * 2010 March 17, The Telegraph'', news website, '' Radio 4 apologises for day old shipping forecast ,
  • Radio 4's continuity announcer said at the end of the show: "As many of you will have noticed, that edition of The Now Show wasn't very now . It was actually last week's programme. Our apologies for that."
  • (archaic, legal) At the time the will is written. Used in order to prevent any inheritance from being transferred to a person of a future marriage. Does not indicate the existence of a previous marriage.
  • Now wife.
  • (informal) Fashionable; popular; up to date; current.
  • I think this band's sound is very now .

    See also

    * happening


  • At the present time.
  • * Arbuthnot
  • I have a patient now living, at an advanced age, who discharged blood from his lungs thirty years ago.
  • (sentence)
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=3 , passage=Now all this was very fine, but not at all in keeping with the Celebrity's character as I had come to conceive it. The idea that adulation ever cloyed on him was ludicrous in itself. In fact I thought the whole story fishy, and came very near to saying so.}}
  • Differently from the immediate past; differently from a more remote past or a possible future; differently from all other times.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=5 , passage=Although the Celebrity was almost impervious to sarcasm, he was now beginning to exhibit visible signs of uneasiness, the consciousness dawning upon him that his eccentricity was not receiving the ovation it merited.}}
  • Differently from the situation before a stated event or change of circumstance.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-20, volume=408, issue=8845, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= The attack of the MOOCs , passage=Dotcom mania was slow in coming to higher education, but now it has the venerable industry firmly in its grip. Since the launch early last year of Udacity and Coursera, two Silicon Valley start-ups offering free education through MOOCs, massive open online courses, the ivory towers of academia have been shaken to their foundations.}}
  • At the time reached within a narration.
  • (obsolete) Very recently; not long ago.
  • * Waller
  • They that but now , for honour and for plate, / Made the sea blush with blood, resign their hate.

    Derived terms

    * nowadays * now and then * right now *


    (English Conjunctions)
  • since something is true : because of the fact that something happened
  • : Now you mention it, I am kind of hungry.
  • since, because, in light of the fact.
  • ''We can play football now that the rain has stopped.
  • — usually + that
  • : Now that you mention it, I am kind of hungry.
  • : Now that''' we're all here, let's start the meeting. = Let's start the meeting '''now that everyone's here.
  • Interjection

  • Indicates a signal to begin.
  • ''Now! Fire all we've got while the enemy is in reach!


  • (uncountable) The present time.
  • Now is the right time.
    There is no better time than now .
  • # The state of not paying attention to the future or the past.
  • She is living in the now .
  • # A particular instant in time, as perceived at that instant.
  • #* (Emily Dickinson)
  • Forever is composed of nows .
  • #* {{quote-book, ##*, 1982, Albert Hofstadter, The Basic Problems of Phenomenology, by=Martin Heidegger, pageurl=, page=249
  • , passage=Time is not thrust together and summed up out of nows , but the reverse: with reference to the now we can articulate the stretching out of time always only in specific ways.}}


    * (not paying attention to the future or past) here and now





    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!