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tittivate

[tit-uh-veyt]
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verb (used with or without object), tit·ti·vat·ed, tit·ti·vat·ing.
  1. titivate1.
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Related formstit·ti·va·tion, nountit·ti·va·tor, noun

titivate1

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.
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verb (used without object), tit·i·vat·ed, tit·i·vat·ing.
  1. to make oneself smart or spruce.
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Origin of titivate1

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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Historical Examples

  • They hold up to the light, they tittivate, they muse and they adorn.

    Experiences of a Dug-out, 1914-1918

    Sir Stanley Maude


British Dictionary definitions for tittivate

tittivate

verb
  1. a less common spelling of titivate
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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
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Derived Formstitivation or tittivation, nountitivator or tittivator, noun

Word Origin

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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