February 08, 2019
juxtapose (verb)
\JUK-stuh-pohz\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: to place side by side
How do you use it?
The history book juxtaposed the actions taken by the Boston colonists and the response of the British.
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The English word "juxtapose" has the Latin word "juxta" as one of its roots. What does "juxta" mean?

We're on your side if you chose B, "near"! "Juxtapose" was formed from another English word, "juxtaposition," meaning "the act of placing side by side," and that word can trace its origins to the English word "position" and the Latin word "juxta," meaning "near." "Juxtaposition" and "juxtapose" can refer to physically placing two people or things side by side, but both words are often used to compare two people or things as if you were looking at them side by side.
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