Definition of juxtapose
: to place (different things) side by side (as to compare them or contrast them or to create an interesting effect) juxtapose unexpected combinations of colors, shapes and ideas — J. F. T. Bugental
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Examples of juxtapose in a Sentence
a display that juxtaposes modern art with classical art
Recent Examples of juxtapose from the Web
What made this particular program unique was the distinct mix of old and new — classic dance traditions juxtaposed against modern evolutions of the forms.
Adapted from a nonfiction book, and counting Jim Carrey among its producers, the series features fictionalized characters juxtaposed against a backdrop populated by real-life personalities.
Ieremia, whose Black Grace contemporary dance company toured the United States this spring, juxtaposes three dancers onstage.
In honor of the festival’s 50th anniversary, Lou Adler has organized a celebration June 16-18 at the Monterey County Fairgrounds, with a lineup juxtaposing ’60s acts with contemporary artists like Father John Misty, Regina Spektor and Kurt Vile.
Then juxtapose them both with the incomparable Ardabil Carpet, a paradise garden woven in wool and silk in Shiite Persia and signed by the mysterious Maqsud Kashani.
Images of kids in Kenya and Ukraine are juxtaposed with pictures of their counterparts in the U.K. and the U.S.
The CClones 365-2011 Project juxtaposes stormtrooper and clone trooper action figures (parents) with Lego minifigs (kids) to create scenes of imperial parenting.
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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 and Etymology of juxtapose
probably back-formation from juxtaposition
First Known Use: 1851
JUXTAPOSE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of juxtapose for English Language Learners
: to place (different things) together in order to create an interesting effect or to show how they are the same or different
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