juxtapose [juks′tə pōz′, juks′tə pōz′]
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Juxtapose is defined as to put two things close to each other in order to highlight or compare the differences between them.
An example of juxtapose is when you put a very short book next to a very long book.
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Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
transitive verb juxtaposed, juxtaposing
to put side by side or close together
Origin: Fr juxtaposer: see juxta- and amp; pose
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transitive verb jux·ta·posed
To place side by side, especially for comparison or contrast.
Origin: French juxtaposer : Latin iūxtā, close by; see yeug- in Indo-European roots + French poser, to place (from Old French; see pose1).