AskDefine | Define syncopate

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1 omit a sound or letter in a word; "syncopate a word"
2 modify the rhythm by stressing or accenting a weak beat

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From syncopatus, past particple of syncopo, from syncopa, from σύν + κόπτω


  1. transitive linguistics to omit a sound or a letter from a word; to use syncope
  2. transitive music to stress or accentuate the weak beat of a rhythm; to use syncopation


(linguistics) use syncope
(music)to put the stress on the weak beat
  • Spanish: sincopar
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