syncopate

verb syn·co·pate \ ˈsiŋ-kə-ˌpāt , ˈsin- \

Definition of syncopate

syncopated; syncopating
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

play \ˈsiŋ-kə-ˌpā-tər, ˈsin-\ noun

Examples of syncopate in a Sentence

  1. she tried to syncopate her gasp of shock

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First Known Use of syncopate

1605

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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