titivation, n.titivator, n.
/tit"euh vayt'/, v., titivated, titivating.
1. to make smart or spruce: She titivated her old dress with a new belt.
2. to make oneself smart or spruce.
Also, tittivate.
[1795-1805; earlier tidivate (TIDY + (ELE)VATE; i.e., tidy up)]
/tit"euh vayt'/, v.t., titivated, titivating.
[1910-15; by erroneous assoc.]

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