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syncopate

[sing-kuh-peyt, sin-] /ˈsɪŋ kəˌpeɪt, ˈsɪn-/
verb (used with object), syncopated, syncopating.
1.
Music.
  1. to place (the accents) on beats that are normally unaccented.
  2. to treat (a passage, piece, etc.) in this way.
2.
Grammar. to contract (a word) by omitting one or more sounds from the middle, as in reducing Gloucester to Gloster.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Medieval Latin syncopātus (past participle of syncopāre to shorten by syncope). See syncope, -ate1
Related forms
syncopator, noun
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Examples for syncopate
  • What had swung before began to stutter and syncopate in ways that felt both ancient and completely new.
British Dictionary definitions for syncopate

syncopate

/ˈsɪŋkəˌpeɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
(music) to modify or treat (a beat, rhythm, note, etc) by syncopation
2.
to shorten (a word) by omitting sounds or letters from the middle
Derived Forms
syncopator, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin syncopāre to omit a letter or syllable, from Late Latin syncopasyncope
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