- 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.
Origin of syncopate
Related Words for syncopateabbreviate, shorten, restrict, wrap, cram, constrict, squeeze, shrink, decline, consume, reduce, decrease, narrow, weaken, consolidate, wedge, cramp, crowd, abridge, abstract
Examples from the Web for syncopate
Historical Examples of syncopate
Syncopate and transpose the envelope, and give the inner part.
Syncopate and curtail a carpenter's tool, and leave an insect.
Syncopate and curtail a motive power, and leave a body of water.
Syncopate and curtail a royal ornament, and leave a domestic animal.
Syncopate and curtail a greenish mineral, and leave a Turkish officer.
- music to modify or treat (a beat, rhythm, note, etc) by syncopation
- to shorten (a word) by omitting sounds or letters from the middle
Word Origin for syncopate
c.1600, from Late Latin syncopatus, past participle of syncopare "to shorten," also "to faint away, to swoon," from Late Latin syncope (see syncope). Originally "to shorten words by omitting syllables or letters in the middle;" musical sense is from 1660s. Related: Syncopated; syncopating.