(grammar) To shorten (a word) by syncope.
(music) To modify (rhythm) by syncopation.
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
- Late Latin syncopāre syncopāt- from syncopē syncope syncope
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Medieval Latin syncopātus, past particple of syncopō, from Late Latin syncopa, from Ancient Greek σύν (syn, “with") + κόπτω (kopto, “cut")