titivation

titivate

1 [tit-uh-veyt]
verb (used with object), titivated, titivating.
1.
to make smart or spruce: She titivated her old dress with a new belt.
verb (used without object), titivated, titivating.
2.
to make oneself smart or spruce.
Also, tittivate.


Origin:
1795–1805; earlier tidivate (tidy + (ele)vate; i.e., tidy up)

titivation, noun
titivator, noun
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titivate or tittivate (ˈtɪtɪˌveɪt)
 
vb
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
 
[C19: earlier tidivate, perhaps based on tidy and cultivate]
 
tittivate or tittivate
 
vb
 
[C19: earlier tidivate, perhaps based on tidy and cultivate]
 
titi'vation or tittivate
 
n
 
titti'vation or tittivate
 
n
 
'titivator or tittivate
 
n
 
'tittivator or tittivate
 
n

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