juxtapose

verb jux·ta·pose \ ˈjək-stə-ˌpōz \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of juxtapose

juxtaposed; juxtaposing
transitive verb
: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

Recent Examples of juxtapose from the Web

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Is juxtapose a Back-formation?

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


JUXTAPOSE Defined for English Language Learners

juxtapose

verb

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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