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titillate

[ tit-l-eyt ]
/ ˈtɪt lˌeɪt /
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verb (used with object), tit·il·lat·ed, tit·il·lat·ing.

to excite or arouse agreeably, often in a sexually suggestive way: She knows how to titillate the senses and enthrall the mind of her readers with her excellent storytelling.
to tickle; excite a tingling or itching sensation in, as by touching or stroking lightly.

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Origin of titillate

First recorded in 1610–20; from Latin tītillātus, past participle of tītillāre “to tickle”; see -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM titillate

tit·il·la·tion, nountit·il·la·tive, adjectiveun·tit·il·lat·ed, adjectiveun·tit·il·lat·ing, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH titillate

1. tantalizing, titillating 2. titillate , titivate
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British Dictionary definitions for titillate

titillate
/ (ˈtɪtɪˌleɪt) /

verb (tr)

to arouse, tease, interest, or excite pleasurably and often superficially
to cause a tickling or tingling sensation in, esp by touching

Derived forms of titillate

titillating, adjectivetitillatingly, adverbtitillation, nountitillative, adjective

Word Origin for titillate

C17: from Latin tītillāre
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