[juhk-stuh-pohz, juhk-stuh-pohz]

verb (used with object), jux·ta·posed, jux·ta·pos·ing.

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
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Related Words for juxtaposing

pair, connect, appose

Examples from the Web for juxtaposing

Contemporary Examples of juxtaposing

Historical Examples of juxtaposing

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


    Edward Sapir

  • We may designate the two types of affixing as “fusing” and “juxtaposing.”


    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



(tr) to place close together or side by side
Derived Formsjuxtaposition, nounjuxtapositional, adjective

Word Origin for juxtapose

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.

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