[sing-kuh-pey-tid, sin-]

1655–65; < Late Latin syncopāt(us) (see syncopate) + -ed2

unsyncopated, adjective Unabridged


[sing-kuh-peyt, sin-]
verb (used with object), syncopated, syncopating.
to place (the accents) on beats that are normally unaccented.
to treat (a passage, piece, etc.) in this way.
Grammar. to contract (a word) by omitting one or more sounds from the middle, as in reducing Gloucester to Gloster.

1595–1605; < Medieval Latin syncopātus (past participle of syncopāre to shorten by syncope). See syncope, -ate1

syncopator, noun Unabridged
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syncopate (ˈsɪŋkəˌpeɪt)
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
[C17: from Medieval Latin syncopāre to omit a letter or syllable, from Late Latin syncopasyncope]

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Example sentences
The poetry is syncopated and agitated, spoken and read and chanted in equal measures.
The group brought the audience to its feet by underscoring the song's lyrics with syncopated vocal percussion.
His style was between the syncopated beat of ragtime and the syncopated improvisation of jazz.
The third variation is a heavily syncopated deconstruction of the main theme with a lumbering jazzy backbeat.
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