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You can use next to try to execute the next iteration of a while loop. After executing next, the while's condition is checked and, if truthy, the body will be executed.

a = 1
while a < 5
  a += 1
  if a == 3
    next
  end
  puts a
end

# The above prints the numbers 2, 4 and 5

next can also be used to exit from a block, for example:

def block
  yield
end

block do
  puts "hello"
  next
  puts "world"
end

# The above prints "hello"

Similar to break, next can also take a parameter which will then be returned by yield.

def block
  puts yield
end

block do
  next "hello"
end

# The above prints "hello"