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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Definitions for titivate

  1. to make smart or spruce: She titivated her old dress with a new belt.
  2. to make oneself smart or spruce.

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Citations for titivate
“Come on, lovey, just a little cup of tea and a nice piece of cake. There'll be plenty of time to titivate afterwards.” “Titivate?” Joanna said slowly as if this was some strange foreign word she had not heard before. “Titivate? What for?” [...] “I'm not going out anywhere if that's what you mean.” Nina Bawden, A Little Love, a Little Learning, 1965
Clodagh had brought a clothes rail and hangers up from the shop. It meant that Eve's bed wouldn't be swamped with people's garments and there would be room for the girls to sit at the little dressing table to titivate themselves. Maeve Binchy, Circle of Friends, 1990
Origin of titivate
Titivate entered English in the early 1800s when it was sometimes spelled tidivate, which, in turn, is thought to be blend of tidy and elevate, literally meaning "tidy up."