syncopate[siŋ′kə pāt′, sin′-]
syncopate definition by Webster's New World
- 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: ; from Midieval Latin syncopatus, past participle of syncopare, to cut short ; from Late Latin to swoon ; from syncope: see syncope
- syncopator noun
syncopate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb syn·co·pat·ed, syn·co·pat·ing, syn·co·pates
- Grammar To shorten (a word) by syncope.
- Music To modify (rhythm) by syncopation.
Origin: Late Latin syncopāre, syncopāt-, from syncopē, syncope; see syncope.
- synˈco·paˌtor noun