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/ 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 titillatetit·il·la·tion, nountit·il·la·tive, adjectiveun·tit·il·lat·ed, adjectiveun·tit·il·lat·ing, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH titillate1. tantalizing, titillating 2. titillate , titivate
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How to use titillate in a sentence
It was litigation as entertainment—a farcical tangle of events that titillated a ready, willing, and able country.Did Sexpot Schoolteacher Pamela Smart Hire Teens to Kill Her Husband?|Marlow Stern|January 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Come back to the Wilcoxes and tell me later—Mr. W much concerned, and slightly titillated.Howards End|E. M. Forster
I know people whose ears are as agreeably titillated with slander as their skin with a feather.The Works of Lucian of Samosata, v. 4|Lucian of Samosata
And he went off, with Mr. Pottle staring at his shoulder blades which titillated oddly as Mr. Meacham walked.The Sin of Monsieur Pettipon|Richard Connell
And the philosopher titillated his nostril until he sneezed again and again.
As I titillated the top of my bald head with my forefinger, I plainly perceived that the time had come for me to marry.The Funny Philosophers|George Yellott
British Dictionary definitions for titillate
/ (ˈtɪtɪˌleɪt) /
to arouse, tease, interest, or excite pleasurably and often superficially
to cause a tickling or tingling sensation in, esp by touching
Derived forms of titillatetitillating, adjectivetitillatingly, adverbtitillation, nountitillative, adjective
Word Origin for titillate
C17: from Latin tītillāre
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