syncopate

verb

syn·​co·​pate ˈsiŋ-kə-ˌpāt How to pronounce syncopate (audio)
ˈsin-
syncopated; syncopating

transitive verb

1
a
: to shorten or produce by syncope
syncopate suppose to s'pose
b
: to cut short : clip, abbreviate
2
: to modify or affect (musical rhythm) by syncopation
syncopator noun

Examples of syncopate in a Sentence

she tried to syncopate her gasp of shock
Recent Examples on the Web The lyrics are funeral; the beat is heavily syncopated, recalling the pitch and roll of a great ship in heavy water. Ken Fireman, Detroit Free Press, 2 May 2023 There’s a lot that’s syncopated but very little that’s wild in either of his operas. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, 11 Apr. 2023 Her approach isn’t lacking for lyrical ferocity, but there are moments where her words are as melded to the melody as a body floating in the ocean, the undulating current syncopated to a slow, steady flow of air into lungs. Vulture, 14 Feb. 2023 Parks coos the melodies over low-slung hip-hop beats and guitars that can tangle like indie-rock or syncopate like funk. Star Tribune, 4 Feb. 2021 Not many, but enough to start infecting celebrations with doubt, to break up the exact time, the exact place, to syncopate something that used to be whole. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 2 Nov. 2019 Clangorous yet syncopated, spliced with rock, hip-hop, and urban sound effects, the music matched the franticness of the modern world. Kenneth Partridge, Billboard, 18 Sep. 2019 Every rambling anecdote has been dropped, every hand gesture has been syncopated with the rhetoric and every laugh line has been blessed with the right emphasis. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 11 June 2019 But anders has his own spin on the genre, with a knack for syncopating his super-smooth phrasing that gives his sound something unidentifiably catchy and idiosyncratic. Raisa Bruner, Time, 9 Mar. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of syncopate was in 1605

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“Syncopate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/syncopate. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

syncopate

verb
syn·​co·​pate ˈsiŋ-kə-ˌpāt How to pronounce syncopate (audio)
ˈsin-
syncopated; syncopating
1
: to cut short : clip, abbreviate
2
: to change or affect (musical rhythm) by syncopation
syncopator noun

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