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Modification of earlier spelling tidivate, perhaps based on tidy + -vate, on the pattern of words like cultivate and renovate.


  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈtɪt.ɪ.veɪt/, /ˈtɪt.ə.veɪt/
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titivate (third-person singular simple present titivates, present participle titivating, simple past and past participle titivated)

  1. To make small improvements or alterations to (one's appearance etc.); to add some finishing touches to.
    • 1950, Mervyn Peake, Gormenghast
      Had she spent the best part of a day in titivating herself in order that she might sit plunged in darkness, with nothing but her feet and her nose revealed?

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