- Present participle of syncopate.
Variant of syncopate
transitive verbsyncopated, syncopating
- 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 Late Latin to swoon ; from syncope: see syncope