titillate

verb

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

transitive verb

1
: to excite pleasurably : arouse by stimulation
2

intransitive verb

: to act as a stimulant to pleasurable excitement
titillation noun
titillative adjective

Examples of titillate in a Sentence

a film made to titillate the audience writing that titillates and provokes
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Word History

Etymology

Latin titillatus, past participle of titillare

First Known Use

1620, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of titillate was in 1620

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“Titillate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/titillate. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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titillate

verb
tit·​il·​late ˈtit-ᵊl-ˌāt How to pronounce titillate (audio)
titillated; titillating
1
2
: to excite pleasurably
titillation noun

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