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syncopate

syn·co·pate

syncopate

 
 
pronunciation:
sIng k peIt
features:
Word Combinations (verb)
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: syncopated, syncopates, syncopating
definition 1: in music, to make (a rhythm) more complex as by accenting beats that are not normally accented or employing rests where accented beats would be expected.
Cole Porter's tunes were catchy not only because of their witty lyrics but because of the way he syncopated their rhythms.
definition 2: to contract (a word) by omitting syllables or sounds from the middle.
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derivation: syncopator (n.)