- 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 syncopate; from 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")