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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
First recorded in 1850-55; back formation from juxtaposition Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for juxtaposing
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  • We may designate the two types of affixing as “fusing” and “juxtaposing.”

    Language Edward Sapir
  • The juxtaposing technique we may call an “agglutinative” one, if we like.

    Language Edward Sapir
  • What had happened can be suggested by juxtaposing two significant statements about "taste" as metaphor.

    The Man of Taste James Bramston
  • A still greater cause for hesitation would be the ugly jarring of juxtaposing tints of the same color.

    Old-Time Gardens Alice Morse Earle
  • I experiment, juxtaposing pseudo-random words into pretentious, premeditated poetry.

    Dreaming of Dreaming

    Peter E. Williams
British Dictionary definitions for juxtaposing


(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 juxtaposing



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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