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

Definition of syncopate

transitive verb

1a : 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

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Other Words from syncopate

syncopator \ ˈsiŋ-​kə-​ˌpā-​tər How to pronounce syncopate (audio) , ˈsin-​ \ noun

Examples of syncopate in a Sentence

she tried to syncopate her gasp of shock
Recent Examples on the Web 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, "The Disastrous Arrival of Video Replay in English Soccer," 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, "Jimmy Jam Opens Up About the Making of Janet Jackson's 'Rhythm Nation 1814'," 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, "On the Oratory Trail in Iowa," 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, "5 Songs You Need to Listen to This Week," 9 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of syncopate

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Syncopate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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