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Pronunciation: (sing'ku-pāt", sin'-), [key]
v.t., -pat•ed, -pat•ing.
1. Music.
a. to place (the accents) on beats that are normally unaccented.
b. to treat (a passage, piece, etc.) in this way.
2. Gram.to contract (a word) by omitting one or more sounds from the middle, as in reducing Gloucester to Gloster.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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