tit·​il·​late | \ ˈti-tə-ˌlāt How to pronounce titillate (audio) \
titillated; titillating

Definition of titillate

transitive verb

1 : to excite pleasurably : arouse by stimulation

intransitive verb

: to act as a stimulant to pleasurable excitement

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Other Words from titillate

titillation \ ˌti-​tə-​ˈlā-​shən How to pronounce titillation (audio) \ noun
titillative \ ˈti-​tə-​ˌlā-​tiv How to pronounce titillative (audio) \ adjective

Examples of titillate in a Sentence

a film made to titillate the audience writing that titillates and provokes
Recent Examples on the Web What most titillated the Internet, though, was the actor’s reaction to learning about the Spider-Man debacle during an interview. Travis M. Andrews, Washington Post, "From Tom Holland talking Spider-Man to Star Wars to more dog movies, Disney’s D23 Expo has something for everyone," 25 Aug. 2019 Any references to contemporary politics are merely meant to titillate. Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Dinosaur-riding Nazis in ‘Iron Sky, The Coming Race’ and more," 18 July 2019 For the first time in a long, long time, the Indianapolis Colts are getting ready to emerge from the offseason without doing much of anything to titillate the NFL’s ravenous rumor mill. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "Colts' offseason: 7 key steps for Indianapolis as team tries to go from good to great," 20 July 2019 However, there are a few orgies scenes that may titillate you more than any icy showdown between Elizabeth (Claire Foy) and Philip (Matt Smith). Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "These Are The New Netflix Treats For July 4th Weekend —Besides Stranger Things," 2 July 2019 When Anna Nicole Smith died, also from an overdose, in 2007, the world was titillated by the details of her life and demise. Courtney E. Smith, refinery29.com, "10 Years After Michael Jackson’s Death, The King Of Pop’s Legacy Is In Shambles," 25 June 2019 The media often seeks ‘to titillate rather than to education and inform’,’’ Thomas wrote, quoting a phrase from a 1981 Supreme Court opinion. Robert Barnes, BostonGlobe.com, "Supreme Court tosses murder conviction in case that raised question of racial bias," 21 June 2019 New Yorkers like to titillate one another with stories about sightings of rats as big as dogs. Charlie Hamilton James, National Geographic, "How rats became an inescapable part of city living," 17 June 2019 But whereas Johnson specialized in imagery meant to shock and titillate—typified by his AT&T Building of 1977–1984 in New York, a cartoon Chippendale highboy—Pei favored iconography that aimed to soothe and impress. Martin Filler, The New York Review of Books, "I.M. Pei: Establishment Modernism Lite," 24 May 2019

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First Known Use of titillate

1620, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for titillate

Latin titillatus, past participle of titillare

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The first known use of titillate was in 1620

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English Language Learners Definition of titillate

: to interest or excite (someone) in an enjoyable and often sexual way

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