ar·​peg·​gi·​ate är-ˈpe-jē-ˌāt How to pronounce arpeggiate (audio)
arpeggiated; arpeggiating

transitive verb

: to play (a chord or passage) in arpeggio

Examples of arpeggiate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Strings arpeggiate a rising minor chord, followed by a descending dominant seventh. San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Nov. 2021 Now, since the chords are rolled and arpeggiated, one can arpeggiate quicker or slower, and help the flow of the melody in a much more flexible style than what one hears when these chords are symmetrically crashing. David Allen, New York Times, 1 Feb. 2017

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Word History


arpeggio + -ate entry 4

First Known Use

circa 1823, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of arpeggiate was circa 1823

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“Arpeggiate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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