Definition of syncopate in English:


Syllabification: syn·co·pate
Pronunciation: /ˈsiNGkəˌpāt


[with object]
  • 1 (usually as adjective syncopated) Displace the beats or accents in (music or a rhythm) so that strong beats become weak and vice versa: syncopated dance music
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    • Intensity and loudness increases by the middle of the movement, with some sharp attacks by the strings, with drums and syncopated rhythms.
    • On ‘Galaxy,’ his mediocre lyrics persist, but the careful melodies and highly syncopated rhythms forgive any misdeeds.
    • It's pure Guinean syncopated rhythm and choral chanting, with lots of bells, horns, cymbals and traditional African instruments.
  • 2Shorten (a word) by dropping sounds or letters in the middle, as in symbology for symbolology, or Gloster for Gloucester.
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    • Nouns ending in d or g containing a long vowel or diphthong where that consonant is syncopated in the plural, preserve it in the diminutive.
    • If the adjective contains a long vowel or diphthong, the final /x/ is syncopated when /a/ is added and a diaeresis is applied.



Pronunciation: /ˌsiNGkəˈpāSHən/
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  • The syncopations available through this electro-extension were captivating, though Kim's performance was unfortunately marred by the multiple technical failures.
  • With its syncopations and constantly changing time signatures, the composition is a rare hybrid that sounds familiar in places and then twists and turns into something wholly original.
  • These are best listened to in dim lights, but are just fab anytime - fantastic harmonies and syncopations.


Pronunciation: /-ˌpātər/
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  • ‘It's an interesting exercise,’ Mr. Tutt said, playing to a syncopator and a video monitor.
  • The anonymous slack-key syncopator imbues this movie with mysterious, tender qualities that don't exist in Wong's empty screenplay.
  • Then last, but certainly not least, Diamond enlisted the merengue influenced rhythmic portfolio of the renowned Puerto Rican syncopator, "Rico Dinaro".


early 17th century: from late Latin syncopat- 'affected with syncope', from the verb syncopare 'to swoon' (see syncope).

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