juxtapose

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verb jux·ta·pose \ˈjək-stə-ˌpōz\

Definition of juxtapose

juxtaposed

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juxtaposing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  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

  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 and Etymology of juxtapose

probably back-formation from juxtaposition


First Known Use: 1851


JUXTAPOSE Defined for English Language Learners

juxtapose

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verb jux·ta·pose \ˈjək-stə-ˌpōz\

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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