nearest

nearest
nearest, next are both superlative forms of near, but they are not always interchangeable.
Nearest may be used wherever the intent is merely to indicate the highest degree of propinquity (as in space, time, or kinship)
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the nearest house is five miles distant

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their nearest neighbor lives two miles away

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her nearest relatives are her father and mother

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Next has lost this sense and usually implies immediate succession, or sometimes precedence, in an order, a series, or a sequence; thus, the next house is the house just beyond the one in mind in a row or series of houses; their next child is the one who comes after the child under consideration in order of birth; the next best is the second best in a rating or choice
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the next chapter of the story

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the next day

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the next time they met

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ask the next person we meet

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But in law one's nearest relative is one's "next of kin"; one's "next friend" is a person (as a near relative or natural guardian) who has the right or is appointed by a court to act for a person (as an infant) who by the law of the state has not full legal capacity to sue or make other legal moves. In ordinary language "nearest of kin" is found as often as "next of kin," but "nearest friend" applies distinctively to one's most intimate friend.

New Dictionary of Synonyms. 2014.

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