tittivate

[ tit-uh-veyt ]
/ ˈtɪt əˌveɪt /
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verb (used with or without object), tit·ti·vat·ed, tit·ti·vat·ing.

Related formstit·ti·va·tion, nountit·ti·va·tor, noun

Definition for tittivate (2 of 2)

titivate

1

or tit·ti·vate

[ tit-uh-veyt ]
/ ˈtɪt əˌveɪt /

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

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.

to make oneself smart or spruce.

Origin of titivate

1
1795–1805; earlier tidivate (tidy + (ele)vate; i.e., tidy up)
Related formstit·i·va·tion, nountit·i·va·tor, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for tittivate (1 of 2)

tittivate

/ (ˈtɪtɪˌveɪt) /

verb

a less common spelling of titivate

British Dictionary definitions for tittivate (2 of 2)

titivate

tittivate

/ (ˈtɪtɪˌveɪt) /

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 Formstitivation or tittivation, nountitivator or tittivator, noun

Word Origin for titivate

C19: earlier tidivate, perhaps based on tidy and cultivate
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Word Origin and History for tittivate

titivate


v.

1805, perhaps from tidy with a quasi-Latin ending.

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