verb (used with or without object), tit·ti·vat·ed, tit·ti·vat·ing.
verb (used with object), tit·i·vat·ed, tit·i·vat·ing.
- to make smart or spruce: She titivated her old dress with a new belt.
verb (used without object), tit·i·vat·ed, tit·i·vat·ing.
- to make oneself smart or spruce.
- a less common spelling of titivate
- to smarten up (oneself or another), as by making up, doing the hair, etc
- (tr) to smarten up (a thing)to titivate a restaurant
v.1805, perhaps from tidy with a quasi-Latin ending.