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syncopate

[ sing-kuh-peyt, sin- ]
/ 藞s瑟艐 k蓹藢pe瑟t, 藞s瑟n- /
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verb (used with object), syn路co路pat路ed, syn路co路pat路ing.
Music.
  1. to place (the accents) on beats that are normally unaccented.
  2. 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.
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Origin of syncopate

First recorded in 1600鈥10; Medieval Latin syncop膩tus (past participle of syncop膩re 鈥渢o shorten by syncope鈥); see syncope, -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM syncopate

syn路co路pa路tor, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for syncopate

syncopate
/ (藞s瑟艐k蓹藢pe瑟t) /

verb (tr)
music to modify or treat (a beat, rhythm, note, etc) by syncopation
to shorten (a word) by omitting sounds or letters from the middle

Derived forms of syncopate

syncopator, noun

Word Origin for syncopate

C17: from Medieval Latin syncop膩re to omit a letter or syllable, from Late Latin syncopa syncope
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