transitive verb-·pat·ed, -·pat·ing
- to shorten (a word) by syncope
- to shift (the regular accent) as by beginning a tone on an unaccented beat and continuing it through the next accented beat, or on the last half of a beat and continuing it through the first half of the following beat
- to use such shifted accents in (a musical composition, passage, rhythmic pattern, etc.)
Origin of syncopatefrom Medieval Latin syncopatus, past participle of syncopare, to cut short from LL, to swoon from syncope: see syncope
transitive verbsyn·co·pat·ed, syn·co·pat·ing, syn·co·pates
- Grammar To shorten (a word) by syncope.
- Music To modify (rhythm) by syncopation.
Origin of syncopateLate Latin syncopāre syncopāt- from syncopē syncope ; see syncope .
(third-person singular simple present syncopates, present participle syncopating, simple past and past participle syncopated)
From Medieval Latin syncopÄtus, past particple of syncopÅ, from Late Latin syncopa, from Ancient Greek ÏƒÏÎ½ (syn, “with") + ÎºÏŒÏ€Ï„Ï‰ (kopto, “cut")