jux·​ta·​pose ˈjək-stə-ˌpōz How to pronounce juxtapose (audio)
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 ideasJ. F. T. Bugental

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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 believe juxtapose is a back-formation that was created when people trimmed down the noun juxtaposition. Historical evidence supports the idea: juxtaposition shows up in the 17th century and juxtapose in the 19th.  Juxtaposition is a combination of Latin juxta, meaning "near," and English "position."

Examples of juxtapose in a Sentence

a display that juxtaposes modern art with classical art
Recent Examples on the Web There were also images of aid trucks backed up along the border juxtaposed with infants dying of malnutrition. Anne Flaherty, ABC News, 12 June 2024 Inspired by elements of Maltese mythology, coastline, history, and native fauna, the decor sees neutral tones juxtaposed by dark finishes and statement lighting by designer DPA. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 15 May 2024 Those juxtaposing reactions mirror their respective thoughts on the destruction of Norma’s rolodex. Tom Smyth, Vulture, 10 Apr. 2024 Aleksander Barkov and Steven Lorentz have very juxtaposing roles on this Florida Panthers team. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 10 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for juxtapose 

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Word History


probably back-formation from juxtaposition

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of juxtapose was in 1851


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“Juxtapose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/juxtapose. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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jux·​ta·​pose ˈjək-stə-ˌpōz How to pronounce juxtapose (audio)
juxtaposed; juxtaposing
: to place side by side
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