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[juhk-stuh-pohz, juhk-stuh-pohz] /ˈdʒʌk stəˌpoʊz, ˌdʒʌk stəˈpoʊz/
verb (used with object), juxtaposed, juxtaposing.
to place close together or side by side, especially for comparison or contrast.
Origin of juxtapose
1850-55; back formation from juxtaposition Unabridged
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Examples from the web for juxtapose
  • The program juxtaposed straightforward songs with open-ended improvisations.
  • Here, the ingredients are too obviously juxtaposed.
  • The conflicts were so dissimilar that essay after essay is able to do no more than juxtapose events as opposed to compare them.
  • Every time you juxtapose two images, you say something.
  • Nor does it much matter that some cutting-edge merchants juxtapose wares in ways once deemed unthinkable.
  • She attempts to juxtapose the private world and the public, historical world in order to give us the weight of tragedy.
  • It's clever to juxtapose the words of earthy truck drivers and erudite scientists on the same idea.
  • I'm also fascinated by the power of beauty, so the story gave me an opportunity to juxtapose the two--beauty and facelessness.
  • Incorporating Southwestern motifs, his paintings dramatically juxtapose electric hues with earth tones and radiate a golden light.
  • Several stories juxtapose the beautiful and the grotesque.
British Dictionary definitions for juxtapose


(transitive) to place close together or side by side
Derived Forms
juxtaposition, noun
juxtapositional, adjective
Word Origin
C19: back formation from juxtaposition, from Latin juxta next to + position
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Word Origin and History for juxtapose

1851, from French juxtaposer (1835), from Latin iuxta (see juxtaposition) + French poser (see pose (v.1)). Related: Juxtaposed; juxtaposing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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