pon-, posit-, pos-, -poning, -poned, -ponency, -ponent, -ponement, -pound

(Latin: to place, to put, to set; placement, positioning)

juxtaposed (adjective), more juxtaposed, most juxtaposed
Placed side by side; usually, for comparison or contrast: The juxtaposed pictures revealed the contrasts in their thematic compositions.
juxtaposit (verb), juxtaposits; juxtaposited; juxtapositing
To situate or to position by the side of or near something: When working on the family photo album, Sally tried to juxtaposit the pictures so that individual family members were juxtaposited side by side.
juxtaposition (verb), juxtapositions; juxtapositioned; juxtapositioning
An act or instance of setting something close together or next to each other: Jeanette, who loved flower vases, juxtapositioned the various sizes, shapes, and colors on the shelves to show how they compared and contrasted with each other.

June, the librarian, was in the process of juxtapositioning the books so those that were of the same height would be juxtapositioned with one another on the shelves.

opponent (s) (noun), opponents (pl)
1. Anyone who competes against or fights another person in a contest, game, or in an argument: Mr. Cook, the governor, beat his opponent by a landslide in the recent election.
2. A person who disagrees with or who resists a proposal for some kind of action: The senator was an opponent of the new economic reforms.
opponent muscle (s) (noun), opponent muscles (pl)
In anatomy, any of several muscles enabling the thumb to be moved toward a finger of the same hand: After slipping and falling on the icy sidewalk, Gary could not use his opponent muscles to move the thumb on his right hand.
oppose (verb), opposes; opposed; opposing
1. To act against or provide resistance to; to combat: The same two teams had opposed each other in previous playoffs.
2. To stand in the way of; to hinder; to obstruct: The change is opposed by many of the town's business leaders.
3. To set as an obstacle or an adversary: Sharon met the candidate who will be opposing her in the next election.
4. To be hostile or adverse to, as in opinion: Henry strongly opposed the resolution in the proposal to increase local taxes.
5. To determine as an impediment or a hindrance: The group that opposes the mayor is trying to find a candidate who might be able to successfully oppose her in the upcoming election.
opposing (adjective), more opposing, most opposing
1. Fighting or competing against another person or group: The crowd booed the opposing candidate when he indicated that he wanted to decrease the wages of the city workers.
2. Being completely different: Dirk and his wife Jane have opposing opinions as to which candidate should be elected to Congress.
opposite (adjective) (no comparatives)
1. Placed or located directly across from something else or from another position: The two apartments were on opposite sides of the building.
2. Facing the other way; moving or tending go in a different direction than someone else: The two families were driving their cars in opposite directions.
3. A reference to being on another section of two similar areas of something: Lucy and Jack were looking at the opposite surfaces of the coins to determine their production or minting dates.
opposite (s) (noun), opposites (pl)
Something or someone that is completely different from the others: The two sisters, Sue and Olive, are exact opposites in that one is very outgoing and friendly and the other one is very shy and withdrawn.
oppositely (adverb), more oppositely, most oppositely
In a contrary or reverse position: The two houses are oppositely facing each other, being directly across from each other on the street.
opposition (s) (noun), oppositions (pl)
1. Strong disagreement with a plan or policy; especially, when this is shown in active attempts to prevent something: There was general opposition by the public to the way the police were treating the demonstrators.
2. A person, a team, a business, or a group that someone is competing against: Dick, the chairman, couldn't understand why there was so much opposition to the plan by the new members of the committee.
3. The political parties in a country that are not part of the government: The opposition seems to be gaining more votes for the upcoming election.
4. A person or group that people are trying to defeat or to succeed against in a competition: Jack, the coach, urged his team not to take the opposition for granted because they had pulled upsets before.
pose (s) (noun), poses (pl)
1. A particular way of sitting or standing which is usually adopted for some special effect to be used in a photograph, drawing, or painting: Monroe specialized in taking pictures of dancers in various poses.

The model was told to hold a special pose for the next photograph.

2. A special manner of behaving that is adopted in order to give other people a false impression or to impress them in an insincere way: The young man's friendly behavior in the store was considered nothing more than a pose so he could steal items without being suspected.
pose (verb), poses; posed; posing
1. To be a possible threat or danger or to create a problem for other people: Ray's dangerous driving behaviors were posing a threat to the safety of other drivers and even to pedestrians.

The park officials figured that the excessive number of demonstrators posed a threat of destruction and excessive littering of trash in the city park.

2. To raise questions or challenges: Larry's mother has often posed the question as to what he was planning to do with his life after he graduated from high school.
3. Pretending to be someone or something in order to deceive other people: Shirley's sister posed as an underaged student in order to get free admission to the museum.

The undercover police officers were posing as drug dealers so they could arrest those who were actually involved with selling illegal drugs.

poser (s) (noun), posers (pl)
Someone who dresses or behaves in a deceptive way which is meant to impress other people: Harry is a poser who pretends that he is interested in cooking; however, all he really knows is what he sees on TV programs.
poseur (s) (noun), poseurs (pl)
1. A person who is a pretender or who likes to assume some kind of behavior or style in order to impress or to influence others: George likes to be be a poseur who puts on a deceptive act that makes people think he is a famous writer.

Poseurs assume attitudes, opinions, manners, mannerisms, dress, and elegance that are neither genuine nor honest.

There are poseurs who pretend to be connoisseurs of art, or as gourmets or experts about fine food and wine, or as specialists in fashion and design.

2. Etymology: from French poser, "affect an attitude or a pose."
Someone who assumes attitudes or manners to impress other people.
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Related word families intertwined with "to place, placing, to put; to add; to stay; to attach" word units: fix-; prosth-; stato-; the-, thes-.