verb (used with or without object), tit·ti·vat·ed, tit·ti·vat·ing.
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 titivate1
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They hold up to the light, they tittivate, they muse and they adorn.Experiences of a Dug-out, 1914-1918
Sir Stanley Maude
to smarten up (oneself or another), as by making up, doing the hair, etc
(tr) to smarten up (a thing)to titivate a restaurant
Word Origin for titivate
C19: earlier tidivate, perhaps based on tidy and cultivate
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1805, perhaps from tidy with a quasi-Latin ending.
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