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juxtapose

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verb jux·ta·pose \ˈjək-stə-ˌpōz\

Simple Definition of juxtapose

  • : to place (different things) together in order to create an interesting effect or to show how they are the same or different

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of juxtapose

juxtaposedjuxtaposing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to place side by side <juxtapose unexpected combinations of colors, shapes and ideas — J. F. T. Bugental>

Examples of juxtapose in a sentence

  1. a display that juxtaposes modern art with classical art



Did You Know?

A back-formation is a word that has come about through the removal of a prefix or a suffix from a longer word. Etymologists think "juxtapose" is a back-formation that was created when people trimmed down the noun "juxtaposition." Historical evidence supports the idea: "juxtaposition" was showing up in English documents as early as 1654, but "juxtapose" didn't appear until 1851. "Juxtaposition" is itself thought to be a combination of Latin juxta, meaning "near," and English "position."

Origin of juxtapose

probably back-formation from juxtaposition


First Known Use: 1851



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