Variant of syncopate
- 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: < ML syncopatus, pp. of syncopare, to cut short < LL, to swoon < syncope: see syncope
- syncopator noun
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