verb[with object] • informal
- 1Make small enhancing alterations to (something): she slapped on her warpaint and titivated her hairMore example sentences
- In the meantime, the review, a fine piece, primps and titivates my fancy, in much the same way that a sorbet readies the palate before the main course arrives.
- Wigs for the dolls are imported ready styled, but of course they can be titivated to suit and the long wigs can be plaited.
- It was nice to get home in the daylight, and have time to titivate the garden before tea.
- 1.1 (titivate oneself) Make oneself look attractive.More example sentences
- Given that, at Christmas, the world is full of beautiful women titivating themselves, I think my malaise is understandable.
- I need to go upstairs and titivate myself before hard-working husband's return.
- In this discussion, attempt is devoted to discern the political symbolism he should now titivate himself with in the light of fulfilling the presidential rite of passage.
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- Of course, we'll be so busy preparing for this damn party (final unpackings as we assemble newly arrived furniture, last-minute house and garden titivations, shopping etc), I'm not sure I'll have time to blog before Monday.
- While I underwent the titivations, the suit had been pressed.
- To ask who should be there is not just a protocol question for the titivation of social secretaries.
early 19th century (in early use, also as tidivate): perhaps from tidy, on the pattern of cultivate.
The verbs titillate and titivate sound alike but do not have the same meaning. Titillate, a much more common word, means ‘stimulate or excite,’ as in the press are paid to titillate the public . Titivate, on the other hand, means ‘adorn or smarten up,’ as in she titivated her hair .