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in music, the shifting of a rhythmic accent from a strong or relatively strong part of a measure to a weak part. Syncopation occurs if the note falling on the weak part of the measure continues over into the following strong part, if there is a pause in the strong part of the measure, if the note beginning in the weak part of the measure is prolonged more than the note in the previous strong part, or if the weak part of the measure is specially set apart (in musical notation, by an accent mark). In the last case, the rhythmic accent is often shifted from a strong part of the measure to the same weak part over several measures.