Definition of titivate in English:

titivate

Syllabification: tit·i·vate
Pronunciation: /ˈtidəˌvāt
 
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verb

[with object] informal
1Make small enhancing alterations to (something): she slapped on her warpaint and titivated her hair
More 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.
Synonyms
groom, smarten (up), spruce up, freshen up, preen, primp, tidy, arrange, gussy up, doll up
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.

Origin

early 19th century (in early use, also as tidivate): perhaps from tidy, on the pattern of cultivate.

Usage

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.

Derivatives

titivation

Pronunciation: /ˌtitəˈvāSHən/
noun
More example sentences
  • 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.

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