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titivate1

[tit-uh-veyt] /ˈtɪt əˌveɪt/
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
1795-1805; earlier tidivate (tidy + (ele)vate; i.e., tidy up)
Related forms
titivation, noun
titivator, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for titivator

titivate

/ˈtɪtɪˌveɪt/
verb
1.
to smarten up (oneself or another), as by making up, doing the hair, etc
2.
(transitive) to smarten up (a thing): to titivate a restaurant
Derived Forms
titivation, tittivation, noun
titivator, tittivator, noun
Word Origin
C19: earlier tidivate, perhaps based on tidy and cultivate
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Word Origin and History for titivator

titivate

v.

1805, perhaps from tidy with a quasi-Latin ending.

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