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titivate

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or tit路ti路vate

[ tit-uh-veyt ]
/ 藞t瑟t 蓹藢ve瑟t /
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verb (used with object), tit路i路vat路ed, tit路i路vat路ing.
to make smart or spruce: She titivated her old dress with a new belt.
verb (used without object), tit路i路vat路ed, tit路i路vat路ing.
to make oneself smart or spruce.
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Origin of titivate

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

OTHER WORDS FROM titivate

tit路i路va路tion, nountit路i路va路tor, noun

Other definitions for titivate (2 of 2)

titivate2
[ tit-uh-veyt ]
/ 藞t瑟t 蓹藢ve瑟t /

verb (used with object), tit路i路vat路ed, tit路i路vat路ing.

Origin of titivate

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First recorded in 1910鈥15; by erroneous association
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British Dictionary definitions for titivate

titivate

tittivate

/ (藞t瑟t瑟藢ve瑟t) /

verb
to smarten up (oneself or another), as by making up, doing the hair, etc
(tr) to smarten up (a thing)to titivate a restaurant

Derived forms of titivate

titivation or tittivation, nountitivator or tittivator, noun

Word Origin for titivate

C19: earlier tidivate, perhaps based on tidy and cultivate
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