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
Full Definition of juxtapose
: to place side by side <juxtapose unexpected combinations of colors, shapes and ideas — J. F. T. Bugental>
Examples of juxtapose in a sentence
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
Rhymes with juxtapose
Berlioz, cabbage rose, cellulose, c'est autre chose, China rose, Christmas rose, compass rose, counterpose, damask rose, decompose, diagnose, discompose, indispose, interpose, on the nose, panty hose, pettitoes, predispose, presuppose, pussytoes, recompose, shovelnose, superpose, support hose, swaddling clothes, thumb one's nose
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