tittivate

[tit-uh-veyt]
Related formstit·ti·va·tion, nountit·ti·va·tor, noun

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.

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

tittivate

verb
  1. a less common spelling of titivate

titivate

tittivate

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
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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