transitive verb (-pated; -pating) Date: 1605 1. a. to shorten or produce by syncope <
syncopate suppose to s'pose
b. to cut short ; clip, abbreviate 2. to modify or affect (musical rhythm) by syncopation • syncopator noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Syncopate — Syn co*pate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Syncopated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Syncopating}.] [LL. syncopatus, p. p. of syncopare to syncopate, to swoon. See {Syncope}.] 1. (Gram.) To contract, as a word, by taking one or more letters or syllables from the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • syncopate — c.1600, from L.L. syncopatus, pp. of syncopare to shorten, also to faint away, to swoon, from L.L. syncope (see SYNCOPE (Cf. syncope)). Originally “to shorten words by omitting syllables or letters in the middle;” musical sense is from 1660s …   Etymology dictionary

  • syncopate — ► VERB (usu. as adj. syncopated) ▪ (of music or a rhythm) having the beats or accents displaced so that strong beats become weak and vice versa. DERIVATIVES syncopation noun. ORIGIN from SYNCOPE(Cf. ↑syncope) …   English terms dictionary

  • syncopate — [siŋ′kə pāt΄, sin′kə pāt΄] vt. syncopated, syncopating [< ML syncopatus, pp. of syncopare, to cut short < LL, to swoon < syncope: see SYNCOPE] 1. to shorten (a word) by syncope 2. Music a) to shift (the regular accent) as by beginning a… …   English World dictionary

  • syncopate — syncopator, n. /sing keuh payt , sin /, v.t., syncopated, syncopating. 1. Music. a. to place (the accents) on beats that are normally unaccented. b. to treat (a passage, piece, etc.) in this way. 2. Gram. to contract (a word) by omitting one or… …   Universalium

  • syncopate — verb a) to omit a sound or a letter from a word; to use syncope b) to stress or accentuate the weak beat of a rhythm; to use syncopation …   Wiktionary

  • syncopate — (Roget s IV) v. Syn. shorten, slide, contract, shift the beat; see decrease 2 …   English dictionary for students

  • syncopate — syn·co·pate || sɪkÉ™peɪt v. emphasize the beats or accents that are usually not accented (Music); make a word shorter by omitting one or more syllables or letters in the middle (Grammar) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • syncopate — [ sɪŋkəpeɪt] verb 1》 [usu. as adjective syncopated] displace the beats or accents in (music or a rhythm) so that strong beats become weak and vice versa. 2》 Grammar shorten by syncope. Derivatives syncopation noun syncopator noun …   English new terms dictionary

  • syncopate — syn·co·pate …   English syllables

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