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titivate

1
or tit·ti·vate

[ tit-uh-veyt ]

verb (used with object)

, tit·i·vat·ed, tit·i·vat·ing.
  1. to make smart or spruce:

    She titivated her old dress with a new belt.



verb (used without object)

, tit·i·vat·ed, tit·i·vat·ing.
  1. to make oneself smart or spruce.

titivate

2

[ tit-uh-veyt ]

verb (used with object)

, tit·i·vat·ed, tit·i·vat·ing.

titivate

/ ˈtɪtɪˌveɪt /

verb

  1. to smarten up (oneself or another), as by making up, doing the hair, etc
  2. tr to smarten up (a thing)

    to titivate a restaurant



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Derived Forms

  • ˌtitiˈvation, noun
  • ˈtitiˌvator, noun

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Other Words From

  • titi·vation noun
  • titi·vator noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of titivate1

1795–1805; earlier tidivate ( tidy + (ele)vate; i.e., tidy up)

Origin of titivate2

First recorded in 1910–15; by erroneous association

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Word History and Origins

Origin of titivate1

C19: earlier tidivate, perhaps based on tidy and cultivate

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Example Sentences

They said that when he saw the shearers coming he'd say, "Run and titivate yourself, Mary; here comes the shearers!"

Let me go down and settle whilst you call in your black man and titivate a bit.

I'll give them half an hour's study whilst you wash up the tea things and titivate.

You titivate yourself, and we'll dine at the Savoy, or anywhere you please.

Gravely and calmly he draws brushes and so on from a receptacle under the box-seat, and commences to titivate himself.

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